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The election of Macao’s seventh Legislative Assembly begins

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The election for the Macao Special Administrative Region’s (SAR) seventh Legislative Assembly began on Sunday morning. Voting began at 9:00 a.m. and is set to end at 9:00 p.m. local time. The preliminary findings are anticipated to be released early Monday morning.

The seventh legislature will have 33 representatives, 14 directly elected, 12 indirectly elected, and seven selected by the Macao SAR’s chief executive after 15 days of receiving the reviewed vote counting of direct and indirect elections.

For the 14 directly-elected seats, a total of 126 candidates from 14 teams will compete, while 12 candidates from five vocational groups will compete for the 12 indirectly-elected seats. Following his vote, Macao SAR Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng urged electors to fully participate in the voting process.

Ho expressed his expectation that the legislators will exercise their supervisory responsibility for the Macao SAR government in accordance with the Macao SAR Basic Law.

Anti-corruption officials stated that they had conducted approximately 8,000 inspections since the election campaign began and that the situation is satisfactory.

Because of the effects of COVID-19, the SAR government has implemented stringent preventative measures during the campaigning season.

Voters were compelled to wear face masks, have their body temperatures tested, and provide health codes on election day. There were also banners warning voters to retain their social distance and avoid congregating.

A female Macao resident named Lei told Xinhua that she hoped newly elected MPs will be able to speak for the public on issues such as medical care and housing. A guy called Yu expressed hope that the new legislators will bring about fresh improvements to the Legislative Assembly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a heavy toll on Macao’s economy.

The direct election has 325,180 eligible voters, which is 18,160 more than the previous election in 2017. Meanwhile, 813 legal person voters will vote in the indirect election, compared to 858 in the previous election in 2017.

There were 42 polling stations set up for voting, as well as three mobile polling stations to safeguard the voting rights of people who are under medical monitoring at authorized hotels.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Afghan farmers welcome harvest season of onions

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Afghan farmers in northern Balkh province welcome the harvest season of onions.

Afghan farmers harvest onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

Afghan farmers harvest onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

Afghan farmers harvest onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

An Afghan farmer carries a package of harvested onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

Photo taken on Sept. 20, 2021 shows packages of harvested onions in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

An Afghan farmer harvests onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

 

An Afghan farmer shows harvested onions at a field in Sholgara district of Balkh province, Afghanistan, Sept. 20, 2021. (Photo by Kawa Basharat/Xinhua)

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Declaration presented to Parliament requesting shore protection in an eroding area at Felidhoo

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A declaration has been presented to the Parliament advocating the deployment of coast protection measures in V. Felidhoo’s eroding region.

Felidhoo MP Fazul Rasheed presented the declaration at today’s parliamentary session, citing that the area has been deteriorating at an unusually fast rate and urging the government to accelerate the execution of coast safeguards in the vicinity.

Whilst speaking on the declaration, Fazul stated that while the extreme erosion of the region has caused numerous issues for the island’s population, it has also had a substantial negative influence on the ecology. He went on to say that the erosion had damaged the island’s hospital as well as several of the houses.

Fazul went on to say that while the installation of shore fortification at the eroding at Felidhoo was specified in this year’s PSIP budget, no work has been done on it, not even a reconnaissance of the eroding area.

“Without a comprehensive solution to the problem, erosion will continue. The hospital and school’s walls have nearly collapsed due to erosion. Residents of Felidhoo are in a precarious situation,” he added.

Fazul further stated that, despite the fact that Felidhoo is an island that practices local tourism, the beach designated for tourists has been entirely degraded.

He also stated that the island’s extreme erosion has had an influence on the mental health of the Felidhoo locals.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Iran’s president says his country does not believe the US government’s promises

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On Tuesday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated that his country does not trust the promises made by the US government, while also stating that he wishes constructive contact with other countries around the world.

“We don’t believe the promises made by the US government,” Raisi said during the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session, which began Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.

“Today, the entire world, including the Americans themselves, have publicly acknowledged that the project of countering the Iranian people, which manifested itself in the form of violating the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, referring to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal) and was followed by maximum pressure’ and arbitrary withdrawal from an internationally recognized agreement, has completely failed,” he writes. Taking into consideration the strategy of “The Iranian president stated that “we seek nothing more than what is properly ours” while the “maximum tyranny” is still in effect. We demand that international rules be followed.”

“In practice, all parties must adhere to the nuclear deal and the UN Resolution,” he stressed.

“Fifteen IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) assessments have attested to Iran’s adherence to its agreements,” he stated. “However, the United States has not yet fulfilled its responsibility, resulting in the relaxation of sanctions. It has violated the deal, withdrew from it, and imposed even harsher punishments on my people.”

“The United States incorrectly imagined it would drive us desperate and heartbroken, but our perseverance has brought results and will continue to do so because the Islamic Republic of Iran’s smart and dynamic resistance stems from our strategic logic,” said the Iranian president.

“While resolutely preserving all of its rights and the interests of its people,” Raisi stated, “Iran is eager to engage in large-scale political and economic cooperation and convergence with the rest of the world.”

“I seek effective contact with all countries in the world, particularly our neighbors, and warmly shake their hands,” he added.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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