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Hong Kong's Tsang Set to Win Chief Executive Post


Hong Kong's former top civil service official says he has enough support to become the territory's next chief executive.

Donald Tsang handed in his nomination forms to election officials Wednesday. Afterwards he told reporters he had the support of 710 of the 800 members of the election committee charged with selecting the territory's next leader.

Mr. Tsang has been the favorite to succeed former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, who resigned in March. Mr. Tsang is popular among Hong Kong residents and also has the support of Beijing.

If the number of nomination papers is confirmed Mr. Tsang will be declared the winner of the post when the nominating period ends Thursday, and there will be no election on July 10 as originally scheduled.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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