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Journalists' tree-top view of Hong Kong leader's house

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Members of the media take pictures and videos of the home of Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong Monday, June 25.

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Workers begin dismantling illegal structures at the residence of Hong Kong's leader-elect Leung Chun-ying in Hong Kong on June 25.

Hong Kong's leader-elect Leung Chun-ying apologized for letting down the people of Hong Kong, following the controversy over illegal structures at his home. Leung admitted he was negligent and stated that he did not know the structures were illegal, according to the government radio. The apology was issued for an illegal glass canopy at his home and came months after his election rival admitted to building an unauthorized basement. In a city where people are regularly prosecuted over illegal additions to their homes, Leung Chun-ying said the canopy had been demolished as soon as he realized it had been built without the necessary approvals.