Elections

Thai PM looking to keep his job

Thailand’s junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha has had absolute executive power since toppling the government five years ago. Now he’s looking to keep his job after an election – something previous military leaders in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy have struggled to do.

21 March 2019
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The dangers of speaking out in Thailand

Dead dissidents dumped in a river, activists knotted up by the courts, and Big Brother-style internet laws – critics of Thailand's junta fear this week's election is poised to sharpen the dangers faced by those who disagree.

Thais go to the polls on 24 March, in the first election since the 2014 coup that installed the generals in power.

20 March 2019
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Record number of Thais turn out for early voting

More than 2.2 million Thais turned out for early voting – almost 90 percent of those registered – for Thailand's hotly anticipated national election, as the junta's main opposition predicted a cliff-hanger to the first poll in eight years.

19 March 2019
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Thailand’s internet gets caged

A cyber-security bill introduced just weeks ahead of Thailand’s first democratic election since a 2014 military coup has stoked concerns that it could be used as a weapon to stifle political dissent.

14 March 2019
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Satire rips into chaotic Thai politics as polls near

A billionaire ex-premier plays poker against the junta chief, who has extra cards tucked up his sleeve – satirical swipes at the country’s chaotic politics are peppering Thai art galleries and social media with elections just weeks away.

Headache Stencil – dubbed "Thailand's Banksy" – has led the artistic charge against the powers that be.

9 March 2019
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Thai court dissolves Thai Raksa Chart

A key party linked to Thailand's powerful Shinawatra clan was dissolved Thursday by a court, just weeks before a general election, over its ill-starred bid to front a princess as a candidate for premier.

8 March 2019
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Singapore plans budget with an eye on election

Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will aim to strike a delicate balance in Monday’s budget: preaching fiscal prudence while doling out more social spending ahead of elections that could come as early as this year.

18 February 2019
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Court to hear case against Thai Raksa Chart

Thailand's constitutional court on Thursday said it would hear a case to dissolve the party which proposed a princess for prime minister, an ill-fated candidacy which threatens to sink the election strategy of the powerful Shinawatra clan.

15 February 2019
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ASEAN: Outlook for 2019 Part 1

2018 proved to be a tumultuous year for the region. Some ASEAN countries faced major challenges. For example, Indonesia was struck by disasters multiple times from earthquakes to a tragic plane crash to a devastating tsunami.

6 January 2019
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