Hong Kong’s outgoing chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet Ngor has decided to shut down her social media accounts as she steps down on 30 June 2022, before the 25 th anniversary of the city’s handover.    Lam made her final statements on her Facebook and Instagram accounts on 28 June 2022, saying that her five-year term had let her publish over 600 Facebook posts and more than 500 Instagram posts. Both accounts will shut down on 30 June 2022, said Lam, thanking HongKongers who paid attention to her posts and those who left comments.

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She also added that she would be moving out of the chief executive’s office in Admiralty and the Government House in Central after completing her five-year tenure. Sharing photos of herself pictured at these landmarks, Lam expressed gratitude to her colleagues for their support.    “My colleagues here have been supporting my tight work schedule, arranging my meetings, activities, banquets, daily meals, security and working hard. The parting is imminent, and everyone feels a little sad,” she said.

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She added that she believes that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit and speech would point out the direction for Hong Kong, and his visit to Hong Kong demonstrates the Central Government's attention and care to the city.

Recalling a recent interview with the media, she said that President Xi’s important speech in Hong Kong five years ago was her confidence in the face of severe challenges, “We look forward to President Xi's important speech on the occasion of celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland, pointing out the direction for the SAR and helping Hong Kong embark on a new journey.” she added.

On 1 July 2022, Xi will officiate at a ceremony to mark the handover anniversary and oversee the swearing-in of the city's new leader John Lee Ka Chiu and his cabinet at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

(Photo courtesy: Carrie Lam's Facebook )

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