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Macao disqualifies pro-democracy groups from legislative election

Three incumbents among about 20 candidates barred from September polls

Police officers raise the flags of China and Macao in the territory's Golden Lotus Square.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Macao's Electoral Affairs Commission on Friday disqualified all pro-democracy candidates seeking to run in the city's Sept. 12 legislative election.

Tong Hio Fong, the commission's chairman, told reporters at a hastily called news conference the body had found "evidence" to indicate that over 20 candidates were not qualified to participate in the election because they were "not upholding the Basic Law" and "not loyal" to the government of Macao.

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