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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

Prabowo’s petulance mars Jokowi’s Indonesia election win

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 1:14PM UTC Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto speaks during a press conference in Jakarta, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

Another day of immense drama in the Indonesian capital has culminated in a widely expected presidential election victory for the popular Jakarta governor Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo Tuesday, and a not so expected “withdrawal” from the contest by his rival Prabowo Subianto – a former military strongman well known for his abysmal human rights record.

US congratulates Indonesia’s president-elect

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:17PM UTC Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo gestures after a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, earlier today. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says it looks forward to working with Joko Widodo who was elected Tuesday to become Indonesia’s next president.

A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution

By Wed, Jul 23, 2014 8:30AM UTC Thai junta leader and army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) receives the royally-endorsed interim constitution from HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej Tuesday evening. (Pic: Khaosod English/Facebook)

Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha was granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Tuesday in order to seek His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.

Thailand’s junta adopts interim constitution

By Tue, Jul 22, 2014 10:57PM UTC A Thai soldier stands guard in front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok after the military seized power on May 22. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has adopted a temporary constitution as the country makes its first step toward the slow return of electoral democracy after two months of military rule. The 48-article charter was announced Tuesday night after its posting on the website of the Royal Gazette, where new laws must

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