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Macau: Government

Country name
conventional long form: Macau Special Administrative Region
conventional short form: Macau
local long form: Aomen Tebie Xingzhengqu (Chinese); Regiao
Administrativa Especial de Macau (Portuguese)
local short form: Aomen (Chinese); Macau (Portuguese)
Data code
MC
Dependency status
special administrative region of China
Government type
NA
Administrative divisions
none (special administrative region of
China)
Independence
none (special administrative region of China)
National holiday
National Day, 1-2 October; note - 20 December 1999
is celebrated as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
Constitution
Basic Law, approved in March 1993 by China's National
People's Congress, is Macau's "mini-constitution"
Legal system
based on Portuguese civil law system
Suffrage
direct election 18 years of age, universal for permanent
residents living in Macau for the past seven years; indirect election
limited to organizations registered as "corporate voters" (257 are
currently registered) and a 300-member Election Committee drawn from
broad regional groupings, municipal organizations, and central
government bodies
Executive branch
chief of state: President of China JIANG Zemin (since 27 March 1993)
head of government: Chief Executive Edmund HO Hau-wah (since 20
December 1999)
cabinet: Executive Council consists of all five government
secretaries, three legislators, and two businessmen
elections: NA
Legislative branch
unicameral Legislative Council or LEGCO (23 seats;
8 elected by popular vote, 8 by indirect vote, and 7 appointed by the
chief executive; members serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 22 September 1996 (next to be held by 15 October
2001)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party -
APPEM 2, UNIPRO 2, CODEM 1, UDM 1, UPD 1, ANMD 1
Judicial branch
The Court of Final Appeal in the Macau Special
Administrative Region
Political parties and leaders
the following is a listing of those
associations that participated in the last legislative elections:
Associacao de Novo Macau Democratico or ANMD ; Associacao
Promotora para a Economia de Macau or APPEM ; Convergencia
para o Desenvolvimento or CODEM ; Uniao Geral para o
Desenvolvimento de Macau or UDM ; Uniao para o
Desenvolvimento or UPD ; Uniao Promotora para o Progresso
or UNIPRO 
note: there are no formal political parties, but civic associations
are used instead
Political pressure groups and leaders
Catholic Church [Domingos LAM,
bishop]; Macau Society of Tourism and Entertainment or STDM [Stanley
HO, managing director]; Union for Democracy Development [Antonio NG
Kuok-cheong, leader]
International organization participation
CCC, ESCAP (associate), IMO
(associate), Interpol (subbureau), UNESCO (associate), WMO, WToO
(associate), WTrO
Diplomatic representation in the US
none (special administrative
region of China)
Diplomatic representation from the US
the US has no offices in Macau,
and US interests are monitored by the US Consulate General in Hong
Kong
Flag description
light green with a lotus flower above a stylized
bridge and water in white, beneath an arc of five gold, five-pointed
stars: one large in center of arc and four smaller
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