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Legislative Assembly reduces number of Portuguese jurists

The Legislative Assembly of Macao has not renewed the contract with two jurists who have been working there for more than two decades, reducing the number of Portuguese to advise the body from six to four, online newspaper Plataforma reported.

Paulo Taipa had given legal support to the Legislative Assembly for more than two decades. Paulo Cardinal was the youngest jurist to be hired by that body, in 1992, he was then 26 years old, being the one who had been working for a long time without interruption, the paper said.

In March, on the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR), Paulo Taipa said that this fundamental law of the territory has been the target of attacks and violations, according to the Platform.

“It is important to note that there have been violations of the Basic Law, that there have been misrepresentations of the principle of a high degree of autonomy, misrepresentation of fundamental rights,” said the lawyer.

The non-renewal was explained with “a vague idea” of reorganization of the legislative advisory boards of the Legislative Assembly, Paulo Taipa told the online newspaper.

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