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“Women MPs in the 2019 Thai Parliament” by Punchada Sirivunnabood

2019/50, 3 June 2019On May 25, women members of parliament (MPs) played an unprecedented role in the first working session of the lower chamber of Thailand’s parliament, whose purpose was to elect the House Speaker. The dramatic debate in which their role was so pronounced caused a delay in the…
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“Reinstallation of General Prayut Looks Inevitable” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/49, 29 May 2019 The success of the Phalang Pracharat Party-led coalition in winning the post of House Speaker for former Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai of the Democrat Party with 258 of 500 votes last Saturday was a crucial victory. It heralds the imminent reinstallation of 2014 coup leader…
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"Prabowo’s Last Game: How Far will he Go?" by Made Supriatma

2019/48, 28 May 2019 Deadly riots erupted in downtown Jakarta after the Indonesian Election Commission (KPU) officially announced the results of the 2019 elections in the wee hours of May 21. The Commission declared that Prabowo Subianto-Sandiago Uno had lost the election to Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin by a 11 per…
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"Vietnam Extends Anti-corruption Drive Ahead of CPV Congress" by Le Hong Hiep

2019/47, 27 May 2019 On 21 May 2019, a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption (CSCAC) was convened in Hanoi under the chairmanship of Standing Member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Tran Quoc Vuong. The meeting reviewed the progress of the ongoing anti-corruption…
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"Will Presidential Hopeful Prabowo be Able to Change the Final Result of the Indonesian Election?" by Budi Irawanto

2019/46, 24 May 2019 After the Indonesian Election Commission (KPU) completed the vote recapitulation and officially announced the final results on 21 May 2019, a mass rally by Prabowo Subianto’s supporters was held in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office in Central Jakarta to express disappointment with Prabowo’s…
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"China’s Stress on Civilization-related Cooperation" by Lye Liang Fook

2019/45, 23 May 2019 Beijing recently hosted its first ever Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilization (CDAC) in May 2019. The CDAC marks the culmination of a proposal made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to convene such a conference at the Boao Forum for Asia in 2015.
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“Uncle Tu’s Full House: The New Thai Senate under Military-Dominated Government” by Punchada Sirivunnabood

2019/44, 21 May 2019 The May 14th announcement in the Royal Gazette that King Vajiralongkorn had endorsed the 250 newly selected members of the upper chamber of Thailand’s parliament seems to ensure that the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat Party will form the next government. This wholly appointed Senate consists of many…
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“Singapore is Currently the Biggest Foreign Investor in Myanmar” by Su-Ann Oh

2019/43, 16 May 2019 In the past five years Singapore has overtaken China as the top investor in Myanmar for each fiscal year. At present, the total amount of investment by firms based in Singapore is USD20840.400m, just a little more than the total of USD20500.073m invested by China’s companies,…
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“Game of Power: When Mathematics Matters in Thai Elections” by Punchada Sirivunnabood

2019/42, 10 May 2019 On May 8, Thailand’s constitutional court ruled that the contentious stipulation in the organic law on parliamentary elections concerning the formula for allocating party-list seats did not violate the country’s 2017 charter. This decision means that a total of 27 parties, a new record in Thai…
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“Phalang Pracharat’s Prayut Bandwagon is Gaining Momentum” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/41, 9 May 2019The Phalang Pracharat Party’s bandwagon to reinstall 2014 coup leader and incumbent Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha as Thailand’s premier is gaining momentum. On 7 May, 15 ministers in the Prayut Cabinet resigned in an apparent preparation for their appointment to the Senate. Similarly, about 60 members…
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