Prabowo appeals election result at Indonesia’s highest court

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 9:28PM UTC Prabowo Subianto. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers say the losing candidate in Indonesia’s presidential election has filed a legal challenge of the outcome in the country’s highest court.

‘Losing is not an option’: How far will Prabowo go after election defeat?

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 8:50PM UTC Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo, left, and his defeated opponent Prabowo Subianto. Pic: AP.

On Tuesday this week, just hours before the official winner of Indonesia’s presidential election was scheduled to be announced, former military strongman Prabowo Subianto seemingly “withdrew” from the competition, leaving rival Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to celebrate his victory amidst an atmosphere of widespread uncertainty and confusion, particularly among Prabowo’s own supporters.

US senator urges Burma to amend constitution

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:26PM UTC Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell has issued a strong call for Burma to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule.

Obama hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent Southeast Asia

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014 11:19AM UTC US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday congratulated Indonesia’s presidential election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result.

Thai interim constitution gives absolute power to the junta

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 2:45PM UTC Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Pic: AP.

Last night, the 2014 interim constitution was gazetted (the original in Thai is available from here).* The interim constitution comprises 48 clauses that will be in use until the new constitution is drafted. See Saksith’s post here for his take on the interim constitution. If anyone spots any mistakes, please e-mail

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