Business leader Ho Iat-seng focuses on livelihood issues in entering chief executive run

Local | 18 Jun 2019 12:55 pm

Business leader and Macau Legislative Assembly president, Ho Iat-seng, formally entered the race today to become the third chief executive of the SAR since the handover.

The indirectly-elected lawmaker who represents the businesss sector, had announced his leadership race intentions on April 18.

The chief executive election will be on August 25. A 400 memeber election committee elects the chief executive. The panel is made up of 120 members representing the industrial, commercial and financial sectors, 115 representing the cultural, educational, professional and sports sectors, 115 representing labor, social services and religious sectors, and 50 members representing 22 chosen from among lawmakers; 12 local deputies to the NPC; 14 from among local deputies to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; and two from among members the municipal bodies.

The 62-year-old Ho said he is committed to improving the economy and people's livelihood, while safeguarding One Country, Two Systems and Macau's high level of autonomy, RTHK reports. He added that one of his priorities is to successfully integrate Macau with the rest of the Greater Bay Area. 

Incumbent Legislative Assembly vice-president, Chui Sai Cheong, will take his position in presiding at the plenary.

Two others have also expressed their interested n th top job, businessman Leong Kwok Chu and  Hoi Vong Chong, who is known for his protests.

Ho has also resigned from the mainland legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. 

Ho was also an Executive Council member from 2004 to 2009.

He is also the managing director of Ho Tin Industries, founded by his father, Ho Tin.

In 1999, Edmund Ho Hau-wah became Macau's first chief executive. He was followed by Fernando Chui Sai-on whose term ends on December 19 after 10 years as CE.


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