General Election

Hun Sen cements grip on Cambodia

Cambodia’s democracy woes are far from over.On Thursday, the country’s Supreme court dissolved the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and banned 118 its politicians from office for five years.

20 November 2017

Thai PM: 'Democratisation next step for Thailand'

Thailand said it remains on course for elections next year and that curbs on political parties will soon be eased, as pressure mounts on the military government to roll back restrictions on campaigning.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said last month a vote will be held in November 2018, though analysts are concerned the military will seek to retain power.

15 November 2017

Malaysian bonds at crossroads as budget looms

A nascent recovery in Malaysian bond inflows is set to depend on whether Prime Minister Najib Razak will be able to shrink the fiscal deficit while appealing to voters in an expected election budget.Najib will be able to count on higher revenue from a consumption tax and a recovery in crude prices, giving him room to commit to a balanced budget that would spur Malaysia’s bonds to outperform, according to Investec Asset Management.

25 October 2017

Abe targets N. Korea after 'super-majority' victory

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide "super-majority" in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hardline nationalist immediately pledging to "deal firmly" with North Korea.Abe's conservative coalition is on track to win at least 312 seats with only a handful left to call, according to public broadcaster NHK, giving him a coveted two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament.That will allow him to pursue his cheris

23 October 2017

Democracy sours for Cambodia as opposition leader denied bail

Cambodia’s leader of the opposition, Kem Sokha was not granted bail, three weeks after police descended to his home and carted him away to a prison at the Cambodia-Vietnam border."The court decided to uphold the provisional detention warrant (of Kem Sokha)," Touch Tharith, a spokesman for the Court of Appeals, was quoted by the AFP (Agence France-Presse).However, the opposition politician and leader of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) was not present at the court hearing am

27 September 2017

Abe leads in polls as election looms

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party held a commanding lead in opinion polls released before his expected announcement of a snap general election later on Monday.A poll published in the Nikkei newspaper on Monday said Abe’s LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) held a 44 percent to eight percent lead over the main opposition Democratic Party.

25 September 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader hospitalised

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim is still hospitalised but is currently in a stable condition, according to a press statement released by his party.The 70-year-old was rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, located in the nation’s capital on Tuesday when his blood pressure became erratic due to a shoulder injury sustained earlier.When contacted by The ASEAN Post, the spokesperson for Anwar’s party, Fahmi Fadzil said that the former Malaysian lawmaker would tentatively be discha

20 September 2017

Kem Sokha's daughter: A move to cripple CNRP

The future of Cambodia’s political landscape is undoubtedly looking bleak. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled since 1985 is known to silence critics and hold the media on a tight leash especially with national elections scheduled for next year.

7 September 2017

What does Hun Sen have to lose?

The arrest of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha on Sunday drew criticism from the mass public and many other international organisations. Kem Sokha, who is the opposition leader of the CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party), has been charged with treason and espionage on September 5, 2017.According to a statement released by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, the Cambodian opposition leader could face a jail term of up to 30 years if convicted.

6 September 2017