Politics

Sri Lanka’s Parliament votes to limit presidential powers

By Wed, Apr 29, 2015 12:39PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to clip the extensive powers of the president, making him answerable to Parliament, a key pledge President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.

South Korea’s prime minister steps down over bribery scandal

By Mon, Apr 27, 2015 8:48PM UTC

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president has accepted the resignation of her prime minister because of a bribery scandal.

Malaysia PM says ASEAN will avoid confrontation on South China Sea

By Mon, Apr 27, 2015 5:59PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s leader says Southeast Asian countries will avoid direct confrontation with China but will push for a quick conclusion to a binding code of conduct to govern behavior in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Sri Lanka’s Parliament debates limiting presidential powers

By Mon, Apr 27, 2015 5:43PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament is debating constitutional amendments to clip the extensive powers given to the country’s president, a promise President Maithripala Sirisena made in the run up to his January election win.

Should Singapore stick to 6.9m population target? A response to Calvin Cheng

By Mon, Apr 27, 2015 11:19AM UTC

In a Facebook post, Calvin Cheng, a former Nominated Member of Parliament, argued that the Government should continue to stick to the 6.9 million population target it proposed in its Population White Paper. Since the argument he makes is a somewhat popular one, I think it deserves a considered response.