TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of Japan’s parliament, paving the way for a general election next month.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has called early elections, seeking a third term in office two years before his current term expires.
It has been a full six months since the coup and roughly a year since the misnamed People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) and their followers first took to the streets. Sadly, the same PDRC-endorsed narrative is still being propagated on a daily basis by members of the conservative camp who are trying desperately to justify junta leader General Prayuth Chan Ocha’s seizure of power.
A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that charter reform, and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president, might benefit the country. “I would like you all to remember that the constitution is not written for just a person but for the future of everyone,” Colonel Htay Naing, one of the uniformed MPs, told parliament.
The premise for the junta taking control of Thailand in May 2014 was to avoid civil conflict and to once and for all rid the country of corruption. The promise to clean up the country isn’t exactly new, it’s been used by successive governments and it’s generally welcomed because this is one problem which most Thais would like to see solved. As the junta came to power those people who supported the coup had high hopes Prayuth and the generals would be able to deliver on this promise.
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