China: Macao elects 26 new legislators



Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) has elected 26 members to its new 33-member legislature, with the remaining seats to be appointed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On within the next two weeks.

The results came early Monday morning after direct elections for 14 seats and indirect elections for 12 seats on Sunday. The new legislature will take office in October.

The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR has sent congratulations to those elected to the new legislature.

The office said it believed the new legislature will fulfill its obligations under the Basic Law and support the work of the Chief Executive and the SAR government, adding the new legislature will build consensus among the society, work for the development and prosperity of the Region, and continue to further implement "One Country, Two Systems."

According to the legislative election management committee, some 174,872 eligible voters cast their ballots, accounting for 57.22 percent of the total eligible voters, 2.2 percentage higher than the last legislative election.

In line with the Basic Law, the new legislature is composed of 33 seats including 14 directly-elected seats, 12 indirectly-elected seats, and seven others which will be appointed by the SAR's chief executive.