Macau starts unofficial referendum on democracy
Published on Aug 24, 2014 1:33 PM
HONG KONG (AFP) - Residents of Chinese gambling hub Macau began voting in an unofficial referendum on electoral reform on Sunday, despite strong objections from Beijing.
The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 and has a separate legal system from the mainland. Like Hong Kong, Macau's leader is known as its chief executive and is chosen by a pro-Beijing electoral committee.
The referendum will run for a week and ends on Aug 30, just ahead of the naming of the enclave's new leader on Aug 31 by the 400-member committee.
The poll was designed by activists to garner public support for reforms in the city of 550,000.
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