Taiwan congratulates Macau chief executive's re-election
Central News Agency
2014-08-31 09:41 PM
Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council offered congratulations Sunday to the re-elected chief executive of Macau, even as a small number of protesters gathered outside the election venue to demand universal suffrage in the Chinese special administrative region. Chui Sai On, also known as Fernando Chui, was the only candidate in the uncontested election Sunday, in which he received 380 of the 396 votes cast by Macau's 400-member Election Committee. Thirteen of the ballots were blank and three were invalid. The Mainland Affairs Council congratulated Chui on being selected the fourth head of the former Portuguese colony and said it expects deeper bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the future on a continued stable relationship. During Chui's first five-year tenure as chief executive of the SAR home to 624,000 people, Taiwan-Macau ties have grown, the Mainland Affairs Council said, citing both sides' establishment of representative offices in each other's territory. MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi and Chui have met in Macau in their formal capacities, which the council labeled a significant step in relations and in cross-strait ties. While the uncontested election went on in the city, about a dozen protesters gathered outside to demand universal suffrage, now a major public issue in culturally similar neighbor Hong Kong. (By Yin Chun-chieh, Stanley Cheung and Elaine Hou)
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