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  • March 26, 2015

    Open list |system for party-list MPs unique: EC

    ... in the draft of the new constitution was used in any other country. This system would allow voters some influence on the order in which party-list candidates are elected. This is contrary to the "closed list" system mandated in the previous Constitution, in which the political party's executives determined...

    Politics
  • March 25, 2015

    CDC chief hits back at Prasong

    .... The problems the country faced years ago were not as serious as now, he said. He said he had not heard anything from mid-sized political parties, which would be hit hard if the new charter is promulgated. Only large parties have criticised the draft. The detractors were only interested in how to accrue power...

    Politics
  • March 25, 2015

    EC rejects cases against Yingluck, Democrats

    ... law and the Constitution by visiting the two regions after a snap election was called for February 2014. The EC found no evidence of abuse of power or use of state money to lure voters during the trip. They found Yingluck was not guilty of violating the law by using TV Pool to broadcast her |explanation...

    Politics
  • March 25, 2015

    In praising the Lee model, PM could be endorsing Thaksin model

    ... shot off his mouth by going on that "he [Lee] has been unwell for quite some time and I had wished for his recovery. But this is what happens to people who work hard all their life. A man working hard dies young." Prayut even compared himself with the deceased Singaporean statesman by saying that since...

    Politics
  • March 24, 2015

    Election will definitely be held next year: CDC chief

    ... would be held early next year at the earliest or mid-2016 at the latest. He said he discussed Germany's election system - both constituency and party-list systems - with German Constitutional Court officials. He said the German officials told him the party-list system that the CDC was drawing up was...

    Politics
  • March 24, 2015

    Strong rule of law is Lee's legacy

    ... Malaysia. Sometimes he was laughed at, looked down upon and criticised for his direction. Lee first took the helm in 1959 as the British colonial power loosened its grip on Singapore. Four years later he piloted the city-state into a merger with Malaysia in a bid to gain full independence for the country...

    Opinion
  • March 23, 2015

    Ex-Democrat MP mocks 'tank-driven reform bodies'

    ... by this group of academics because the new charter, if approved, will widen the rift and push the country into an unwanted scenario in which the people stage rallies against the charter," he said. "Prayut will have his hands tainted with blood,'' said Watchara, who is a former Democrat Party MP. If the...

    Politics
  • March 23, 2015

    Lee Kuan Yew: feared founder of modern Singapore

    ... onto the world stage when he became the leader of a fragile new republic after the largely ethnically-Chinese Singapore, with just two million people, was ejected from the Malayan federation. - โ Improbable chance of survivalโ - =================================== "We faced tremendous odds with an...

    Aec
  • March 23, 2015

    Singapore in mourning as first PM Lee Kuan Yew dies

    ... incomes and its residents enjoy near-universal home ownership, low crime rates and first-class infrastructure. The opposition Workersโ Party, whose leaders were among those harried for years by Lee under his authoritarian rule, joined the rest of the nation of 5.5 million people in mourning him. "His...

    Aec
  • March 23, 2015

    Singapore's Lee was 'old friend' to China: Xi

    ... met Chinaโ s leaders multiple times and his model of political control allied to economic growth was seen as an example to Chinaโ s Communist party as it embarked on reforms. Lee was the "founder, pioneer and promoter of China-Singapore relations", Xi said in a message sent to Singapore President Tony...

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