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Vote is expected after Taiwan’s presidential elections on January 16

Taiwan mulls possibility of casinos once more

Taiwan mulls possibility of casinos once more
Taiwan residents in outlying islands may well again be asked to vote on allowing casinos to be built in the country after the local government Referendum Screening Committee approved a proposal to hold a referendum in 2016.
China | 11/04/2015

Taiwan residents in outlying islands may well again be asked to vote on allowing casinos to be built in the country after the local government Referendum Screening Committee approved a proposal to hold a referendum in 2016.

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he vote is expected after Taiwan’s presidential elections which takes place on January 16 and before the swearing in of the president in May.

It will now be sent to the Taiwan premier for approval should this occur then supporters of casinos will have to get 5% of the 82,000 residents of Penghu island to agree to a referendum for the committee to organize the process, however back in 2009 over 17,000 residents of the islands voted down the plan for casinos to be developed so an uphill struggle is expected this time around also.

On Matsu island the residents there have already voted in favour of casinos for foreigners to gamble in the hope to increase tourism however since that vote in 2012 the process to move forward has been stalled and no legislation so far has been enabled.

But the most important factor is China, so far the government has said it will not allow Taiwan residents to gamble and has not indicated whether it will issue visas for Chinese residents either to gamble.

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