Macau's legislature on Monday voted overwhelmingly to suspend pro-democracy lawmaker Sulu Sou, paving the way for him to be prosecuted for taking part in a protest last year.
Sou, 26, was elected as the youngest ever member of Macau's Legislative Assembly in September.
He was charged last month with "aggravated disobedience" for taking part in a protest in May 2016 against Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui. The protest was over Chui's links to a 100 million yuan donation to Jinan University in Guangdong province.
Sou's lawmaker status had given him immunity from being prosecuted for the alleged offence. But now he's been suspended, he could be jailed for up to two years. Any jail term of more than 30 days could see him disqualified as a legislator.
Sou heads the pro-democracy group, New Macau Association, and when he was elected he promised to bring young people's voices into the 33-member assembly.