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    Macau Government 1995

      conventional long form: none
      conventional short form:
      local long form: none
      local short form: Ilha de Macau
      Digraph: MC
      Type: overseas territory of Portugal scheduled to revert to China in 1999

      Administrative divisions: 2 districts (concelhos, singular - concelho); Ilhas, Macau

      Independence: none (territory of Portugal; Portugal signed an agreement with China on 13 April 1987 to return Macau to China on 20 December 1999; in the joint declaration, China promises to respect Macau's existing social and economic systems and lifestyle for 50 year after transition)
      National holiday: Day of Portugal, 10 June (1580)

      Constitution: 17 February 1976, Organic Law of Macau; basic law drafted primarily by Beijing awaiting final approval

      Legal system: Portuguese civil law system
      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President (of Portugal) Mario Alberto SOARES (since 9 March 1986)
      head of government: Governor Gen. Vasco Joachim Rocha VIEIRA (since 20 March 1991)
      cabinet: Consultative Council; consists of five members appointed by the governor, two nominated by the governor, five members elected for a four-year term (2 represent administrative bodies, 1 represents moral, cultural, and welfare interests, and 2 economic interests), and three statuatory members

      Legislative branch: unicameral
      Legislative Assembly: elections last held on 10 March 1991; results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (23 total; 8 elected by universal suffrage, 8 by indirect suffrage, and 7 appointed by the governor) number of seats by party NA

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders: Association to Defend the Interests of Macau; Macau Democratic Center; Group to Study the Development of Macau; Macau Independent Group
      Other political or pressure groups: wealthy Macanese and Chinese representing local interests, wealthy pro-Communist merchants representing China's interests; in January 1967 the Macau Government acceded to Chinese demands that gave China veto power over administration
      Member of: ESCAP (associate), GATT, IMO (associate), INTERPOL (subbureau), WTO (associate)

      Diplomatic representation in US: none (Chinese territory under Portuguese administration)
      US diplomatic representation: the US has no offices in Macau, and US interests are monitored by the US Consulate General in Hong Kong

      Flag: the flag of Portugal is used

      NOTE: The information regarding Macau on this page is re-published from the 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Macau Government 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Macau Government 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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