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Hong Kong leader sworn in despite controversy

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Published on Jul 1, 2012

Hong Kong's new Beijing-backed leader was sworn in amid rising public discontent over widening inequality and lack of full democracy in the semiautonomous southern Chinese financial center. Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets later in the day on Sunday in an annual protest that is an occasion for ordinary people to air their grievances over a range of issues. Leung Chun-ying took office in a morning ceremony overseen by Chinese President Hu Jintao, becoming Hong Kong's third chief executive since more than a century of British colonial rule ended and China regained control of the city 15 years ago. There were sporadic scuffles between demonstrators and police outside the convention center where the event took place. Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports from Hong Kong.

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