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    Macau Government - 1990

      Long-form name: none

      Type: overseas territory of Portugal; scheduled to revert to China in 1999

      Capital: Macau

      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 years after transition

      Constitution: 17 February 1976, Organic Law of Macau

      Legal system: Portuguese civil law system

      National holiday: Day of Portugal, 10 June

      Executive branch: president of Portugal, governor, Consultative Council, (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: Legislative Assembly

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Leaders: Chief of State--President (of Portugal) Mario Alberto SOARES (since 9 March 1986); Head of Government--Governor Carlos MELANCIA (since 3 July 1987)

      Political parties and leaders: Association to Defend the Interests of Macau; Macau Democratic Center; Group to Study the Development of Macau; Macau Independent Group

      Suffrage: universal at age 18

      Elections: Legislative Assembly--last held on 9 November 1988 (next to be held November 1991); results--percent of vote by party NA; seats--(17 total; 6 elected by universal suffrage, 6 by indirect suffrage) number of seats by party NA

      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: Multifiber Agreement

      Diplomatic representation: as Chinese territory under Portuguese administration, Macanese interests in the US are represented by Portugal; US--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 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Macau Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Macau Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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