Date
13 December 2017
Protesters kneel outside the election venue where  Fernando Chui (inset) secured a new five-year term unopposed. Photo: http://aamacau.com, AFP
Protesters kneel outside the election venue where Fernando Chui (inset) secured a new five-year term unopposed. Photo: http://aamacau.com, AFP

Chui dashes Macau democracy hopes

Macau chief executive Fernando Chui dashed hopes for more democracy in the Chinese enclave just hours after being reelected to a five-year term on Sunday.

Chui said a referendum, which showed Macau people are in favor of universal suffrage for electing the chief executive, was illegal and not legally binding, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The referendum also asked Macau people if they trust Chui but the result will not be known until Tuesday. 

Chui refused to comment but said he is willing to listen to public opinion.

Earlier, Chui secured 380 votes, or 95.96 percent, from an election committee, slightly higher than his winning percentage in 2009. Chui ran unopposed.

There were 13 abstentions which Chui described as a reminder for him and his government to do a better job, the report said.

Chui said a review of the gaming industry is high on his agenda in order to turn Macau into an international travel and leisure hub.

A small group of people held a protest outside the election venue.

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