Casino industry set to hold onto political role in Macau

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceCasino industry set to hold onto political role in MacauExecutives from the sector, such as Angela Leong of SJM Holdings, are expected to press in the Legislative Assembly for early renewal of gaming concessionsBy prof. Sonny Lo The Macau legislative elections to be held this weekend will have an important bearing on the city’s political landscape in several aspects.In the new 33-seat legislature, 14 members will be directly elected, 12 will be indirectly elected and seven appointed by the chief executive.Some 20 political groups, including a number led by casino interests, are competing for the 14 directly elected seats. Members for the indirectly elected seats have already been chosen by the social groups.Aside from the casino interests, consisting of casino employers who have been cultivating close relations with their staff, the groups competing for directly elected seats represent three other major political forces: pro-democracy groups who won...

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