Elections

Confirmed: Indonesia's Jokowi wins second term

Indonesia's Joko Widodo won another term as president of the world's third-biggest democracy, official results showed Tuesday, after his rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general, alleged widespread cheating.

The elections commission was expected to announce the final tally of the 17 April poll on Wednesday in the Southeast Asian nation of 260 million.

21 May 2019
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Australia in shock as Conservatives win

Australia's ruling conservative coalition appeared to secure a shock election win Saturday, with the party predicted to have defied expectations and retained power.

National broadcaster ABC called the election for Prime Minister Scott Morrison's coalition, although it was not clear if he would lead a minority or majority government.

19 May 2019
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Duterte’s allies crush the opposition

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's allies were poised for victory in midterm polls, unofficial results showed Tuesday, signalling firm approval of his rule and clearing a path for his most controversial plans.

14 May 2019
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Thailand set for a pro-junta government

Thailand’s official election results due this week are set to boost a push by a pro-military party to form a governing coalition, unless an imminent court ruling complicates the picture.

7 May 2019
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China in Indonesia election spotlight

Indonesia has become the latest election battleground for Beijing's soaring economic clout, as the opposition warns pro-China policies are saddling the mineral-rich archipelago with bad debt as it is sold off piecemeal to foreign interests.

15 April 2019
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Cash could crash Indonesia elections

Money is one of the greatest enemies of democracy. This especially rings true in Indonesia which will soon see one of its biggest elections ever this Wednesday. 

13 April 2019
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Hoax busters: Fighting fake news in Indonesia

A small army of "hoax busters" in Indonesia is trying to hold the line against a swarm of fake news that threatens to sway millions of voters as the world's third-biggest democracy heads to the polls.

9 April 2019
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Thai pro-marijuana party in high demand

A super-wealthy construction scion who ran a pro-marijuana platform ahead of Thailand’s election has emerged as a highly courted candidate as two main parties need his allegiance – and party seats – after the disputed vote.

4 April 2019
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Thailand elections: What could happen next?

A coup leader triumphs as a civilian prime minister, an alliance of parties unite to stop him, or a parliamentary deadlock forces another political crisis – the outcome of Thailand's disputed election remains undecided a week after the poll.

So, what next? Here are the possible scenarios for how the election could play out.

1 April 2019
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Candidates lodge complaints over Thai election

Several anti-military candidates in Thailand lodged fresh complaints with the Election Commission Friday over bungled tallies and alleged vote-buying following a controversial ballot that has left politics in the junta-ruled kingdom in limbo.

30 March 2019
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Thais face a tough choice tomorrow

Tomorrow, 24 March 2019, is a day that will forever be etched in the history books. Tomorrow, Thais will choose who they want to lead them to glory or perhaps drag the country down to damnation.

23 March 2019
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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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