Ho lat-seng, member of Standing Committee of National People's Congress, speaks to media during the meeting of Macao Deputy to the National People's Congress of the fourth session of the 12th National People's Congress in Beijing, March 10, 2016. (ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - The head of Macao’s legislature, Ho Iat-seng, said on Thursday he plans to compete in the race to be next chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region.
Ho lat-seng believes the city faces two major challenges: to pursue more economic diversification and deal with people’s livelihoods
The election will be held in August. Ho, in announcing the decision, said he wants to serve Macao. He has about six years of experience as president of the Legislative Assembly of Macao.
Ho said he had a comprehensive understanding of Macao’s overall development. He believes the city faces two major challenges: to pursue more economic diversification and deal with people’s livelihoods.
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Discussing what motivates him, Ho said many friends told him he could make a further contribution to Macao’s development. Ho also said the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area presents huge opportunities for Macao.
The veteran politician, also a Macao SAR deputy to the country’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress, was born in 1957.
He has been a member of the Legislative Assembly of Macao since 2009 and became president of the legislature in 2013.
The term of Macao’s current Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on, who was re-elected in 2014, is going to end in December.
Article 48 of Macao’s Basic Law stipulates that the head of the SAR may serve for no more than two consecutive terms.
The election of the fifth chief executive of the Macao SAR will be held in August, Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, recently said in Beijing.
He disclosed the information during the annual sessions of the NPC and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Zhang reiterated the requirements that the new Macao chief executive should love the country and the Macao SAR. He or she must be trustworthy and capable of governing the city.
According to the Basic Law of the Macao SAR, an eligible candidate to run in the chief executive election should be a Chinese national with no right of abode in any foreign country, and a permanent resident of Macao for at least 20 consecutive years.
The election of the next chief executive of Macao will follow strict legal provisions and be held in a fair and transparent manner, the management committee of the Macao chief executive election said in February.
The law stipulates that the chief executive, with a five-year tenure for each term, should be elected by a broadly representative election committee in accordance with the law and appointed by the central government.
The election committee consists of 400 members from four sectors including the industrial, commercial and financial and cultural, educational sectors.
The election committee also includes members of the Legislative Assembly of Macao, Macao deputies to the NPC and members of the National Committee of the CPPCC and members of local departments and organizations.
Election of members of the election committee is scheduled for June 16, according to a Macao government statement.
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