Ma­cao elects CE, up­holds ‘one coun­try, two sys­tems’

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Ho Iat Seng ex­pressed his firm res­o­lu­tion to up­hold the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple af­ter he was elected the fifthterm chief ex­ec­u­tive-des­ig­nate of China’s Ma­cao Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion on Sun­day.

Ho Iat Seng, the lone con­tender in the chief ex­ec­u­tive (CE) elec­tion of Ma­cao is set to take the helm of the re­gional gov­ern­ment at the end of the year, if ap­proved by China’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

He won 392 votes from the 400-mem­ber CE elec­tion com­mit­tee, the Xinhua News Agency re­ported on Sun­day.

At the con­clu­sion of the vot­ing, Ho told those present in­clud­ing vot­ers and the me­dia that he will spare no ef­fort to up­hold the prin­ci­ples of “one coun­try, two sys­tems” “Ma­cao peo­ple gov­ern­ing Ma­cao” and “a high de­gree of au­ton­omy.”

“I will unswerv­ingly carry out my du­ties and gov­er­nance in strict ac­cor­dance with the con­sti­tu­tion and the ba­sic law to serve the peo­ple, the SAR and the coun­try,” Ho said.

China’s State Coun­cil Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice spokesper­son, Yang Guang, con­grat­u­lated Ho, say­ing the elec­tion was held in ac­cor­dance with the Ba­sic Law and other re­lated laws of the SAR, fully em­body­ing the prin­ci­ples of open­ness, fair­ness and equal­ity. In­cum­bent CE Chui Sai On also ex­tended con­grat­u­la­tions on Sun­day to Ho.

A press re­lease from his of­fice said Chui be­lieved that the Ma­cao des­ig­nate-ce has the trust of both the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the Ma­cao peo­ple, given his gov­ern­ing ca­pa­bil­ity.

The elec­tion was held as Ma­cao’s neigh­bor­ing re­gion, Hong Kong, con­tin­ues to suf­fer from so­cial un­rest which has also im­pacted Ma­cao’s tourism.

“A typhoon, how­ever strong it is, will pass even­tu­ally, so will the dis­tur­bance in Hong Kong,” Ho was quoted by Caixin as say­ing at the elec­tion event on Sun­day.

The devel­op­ment of Guang­dong-hong Kong-ma­cao Greater Bay Area brings a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for Ma­cao, and Ma­cao’s co­op­er­a­tion with cities in the area will not be af­fected by any in­ci­dents, said Ho.

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