ASEAN

Pro-democracy parties in Thailand declare having enough numbers to form majority coalition, following allegedly “rigged” election results

In the aftermath of a general election dubbed by exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a “rigged” one that was tampered by “serious interference” from the junta, several pro-democracy political parties in Thailand have announced that they have enough seats, albeit unofficially, to form a majority coalition. Bloomberg reported pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party leader Sudarat Keyuraphan as saying on …

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Goh Chok Tong: Mahathir wants to build more “political, goodwill” bridges between Malaysia and Singapore

Ever since Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad started taking up the reins to lead the new Malaysian government after defeating the 61-year administration led by former premier Najib Razak in a historical election, he had been taking the heat from the neighbouring, republic government of Singapore. Last year November, Chief Minister of Johor Osman Sapian confirmed the construction of a …

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Are the upcoming Thai elections free and fair?

by Kiat Sittheeamorn On 24 March, over 40 million registered Thai voters are expected to go to the polls for the country’s first elections since 2011 and since the military takeover in 2014. Are these elections going to be free and fair? Freedom, in the context of elections, pertains to the voters and candidates’ opportunity to participate in election without …

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Thai court dissolves Thai Raksa Chart party over Princess Ubolratana’s candidacy; Party supporters to field ‘Vote No’ campaign

In the aftermath of Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi’s nomination by the Thai Raksa Chart party for the Prime Minister post in the upcoming election, Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled on the dissolution of the Thaksin Shinawatra-linked party on Thursday (7 Mar). The ruling, which is final and binding, was delivered at the court “amid 1,000-strong security in a 500m …

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Philippines: Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years

(Manila/Bangkok, 22 February 2019) – The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima has been arbitrarily detained inside the headquarters of the Philippine National Police since 24 February 2017, in violation of her …

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Journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested on libel charge

Veteran journalist and CEO of Rappler Maria Ressa was arrested on Wednesday (13 February) at her office, in connection with a “cyber-libel” case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng in 2017. Rappler, which has been critical of the government in Philippines, said that the charges were over an article published in 2012, updated in 2014, about Keng’s alleged ties to a …

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Princess Ubolratana still “a royal family member by tradition”: King of Thailand, on rejecting sister’s PM candidacy

The King of Thailand has expressed his objection to Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi’s controversial registration as a candidate for the Prime Minister of Thailand in the upcoming Thai general election, which is scheduled to take place on the 24th next month. The royal announcement was made on behalf of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, which was published in the Royal Gazette …

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Thai king’s sister to contest in March 24 election as PM candidate

In a shocking move, Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi has been nominated a prime minister for the country’s long-delayed general elections by Thai Raksa Chart, a party founded by allies of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The registration of the 67-year-old, the elder sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, as a candidate on Friday (8 February) means this is the …

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