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Macau democracy camp loses ground

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Hong Kong: Macau’s pro-democracy camp misplaced additional ground within the Chinese language playing hub’s legislature, in accordance with preliminary outcomes Monday from an election marred by low turnout and a ban on “disloyal” candidates.

Macau, like neighbouring Hong Kong, is a “semi-autonomous” Chinese language territory, and the central authorities in Beijing has been tightening management in each with a extra direct position in recent times.

Authorities in Macau had disqualified 21 candidates — most of them from the pro-democracy camp — from Sunday’s election on nationwide safety grounds. They have been accused of disloyalty to China after they commemorated the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Sq. crackdown and honoured rights activist and Beijing critic Liu Xiaobo.

Of the 33 seats in Macau’s legislature, 14 are immediately elected and a preliminary rely on Monday confirmed the pro-democracy camp gained simply two — half of what it received within the final vote in 2017.

The opposite 19 lawmakers embody 12 not directly chosen from skilled sectors and 7 appointed by Macau’s chief government. The overall turnout of simply over 42 p.c was the bottom because the former Portuguese colony was handed over to China in 1999, however authorities dismissed ideas that it was attributable to the disqualification of pro-democracy candidates.

The president of Macau’s Electoral Affairs Committee, Tong Hio Fong, blamed the low stage of participation on coronavirus restrictions, sizzling climate and heavy rain on Sunday. The disqualification of pro-democracy candidates in Macau follows comparable rulings in Hong Kong, the place Chinese language authorities have moved to crush dissent and the town’s pro-democracy motion with a sweeping nationwide safety regulation and a radical electoral overhaul.


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