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Chui wins Macau vote

CHUI Sai On won the third-term chief executive election of Macau Special Administrative Region yesterday. He was the only candidate.

A total of 296 votes were cast by the 297 members of the CE Election Committee, and Chui won 282 valid votes, the CE Electoral Affairs Committee, which oversees the election, said.

The election was held at the Macau East Asian Games Dome. By law, Macau's new CE is elected within the 300-member CE Election Committee.

Chui said he was pleased to see he was elected with majority votes. Fourteen members cast abstention votes.

Jos Pereira Coutinho, a local lawmaker, was the only committee member who did not vote. He said this was "a way" to express his opinion about the election.

The number of votes won by Chui was lower than the incumbent CE Ho Hau Wah as he gained 296 votes in the second-term CE election held in 2004.

Anyone who intends to run for the CE office must be nominated by 50 of the 300 members of the CE Election Committee. Chui acquired 286 endorsements.

Chui said he would soon start preparing his new administration and would devote himself to serving the people of Macau.

Born in Macau in 1957, Chui has been twice appointed as the region's Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture since the establishment of the Macau SAR in 1999.

Despite winning the election, Chui still needs the appointment of the central government to officially become the region's next chief executive. Ho's term ends on December 19.




 

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