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Oldest cabinet yet: Team behind Hong Kong’s next leader Carrie Lam has a total combined age of 999

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam appears to have been blessed with another magic number.

After being selected as Hong Kong’s leader with 777 votes in March, Lam announced her new cabinet on Wednesday. Whilst she boasted a “new style of governance,” it was difficult ignore that only one member of the cabinet was recruited from outside the government, and only one was a woman.

Their age is another notable issue. The 17 top officials, including Lam and the 16 secretaries, have a total combined age of 999 – the oldest cabinet yet.

Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam. Photo: GovHK.