Outspoken veteran lawmaker Susana Chou was elected president of Macau's through-train legislature yesterday. Ms Chou, an indirectly elected legislator representing the business constituency, won 13 of the 23 votes cast. All the legislature's 16 directly and indirectly elected and seven appointed members took part in the election. Ms Chou, 57, is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a vice-chairwoman of the 100-member Preparatory Committee of the Macau Special Administrative Region. She also heads an association representing Macau's woollen spinning and woollen knitwear factory owners and is France's consul to the enclave. Ms Chou is widely respected for her outspoken views on political and social issues. Lau Cheok-va, an indirectly elected lawmaker representing the labour constituency, was re-elected vice-president of the legislature, winning 14 votes. Incumbent Macau Legislative Assembly President Anabela Ritchie could not stand for re-election because of her Portuguese nationality. Under the Macau Basic Law, both the president and vice-president of the legislature must be local permanent Chinese nationals.