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Hong Kong's No. 2 official resigns; leadership bid expected

  • In this Thursday June 28, 2012 photo, from left, Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Financial Secretary John Tsang, line up during the news conference in Hong Kong. Lam, the No. 2 government official who announced her resignation, and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang, who resigned last month, are widely expected to mount leadership bids for the job of Hong Kong's top leader after current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would not go for a second term. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    In this Thursday June 28, 2012 photo, from left, Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Financial Secretary John Tsang, line up during the news conference in Hong Kong. Lam, the No. 2 government official who announced her resignation, and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang, who resigned last month, are widely expected to mount leadership bids for the job of Hong Kong's top leader after current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would not go for a second term. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam arrives at a press conference at the government headquarters to announce her resignation in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The No. 2 government official who announced her resignation, and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang, who resigned last month, are widely expected to mount leadership bids for the job of Hong Kong's top leader after current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would not go for a second term. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam arrives at a press conference at the government headquarters to announce her resignation in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. The No. 2 government official who announced her resignation, and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang, who resigned last month, are widely expected to mount leadership bids for the job of Hong Kong's top leader after current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would not go for a second term. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, June 28, 2012, photo, from left; Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Financial Secretary John Tsang, line up during the news conference in Hong Kong. Lam, the No. 2 government official who announced her resignation, and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang, who resigned last month, are widely expected to mount leadership bids for the job of Hong Kong's top leader after current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would not go for a second term. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    In this Thursday, June 28, 2012, photo, from left; Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Financial Secretary John Tsang, line up during the news conference in Hong Kong. Lam, the No. 2 government official who announced her resignation, and Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang, who resigned last month, are widely expected to mount leadership bids for the job of Hong Kong's top leader after current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he would not go for a second term. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

Hong Kong's No. 2 government official has resigned in what is widely seen as preparation for a bid for the southern Chinese city's top leadership job.

The Hong Kong government says Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday received Chief Secretary Carrie Lam's resignation and submitted it to Beijing. Lam will be on leave from Friday.

The labor and welfare secretary, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, will become acting chief secretary.

Hong Kong leader Leung is deeply unpopular and announced last month that he won't seek another term, citing family reasons. His five-year term ends in June.

Another potential contender for his job, Finance Secretary John Tsang, quit last month.