September 17, 2013
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia’s longtime strongman, agreed Monday to explore reforms for the country’s election commission in talks with opposition leaders aimed at breaking a protracted standoff over disputed election results. More…
September 14, 2013
India’s main opposition party has named controversial politician Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for elections due next year.
Mr Modi, who has been chief minister of Gujarat state since 2001, has long been seen as a rising star of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). More…
August 16, 2013
Source: The Economist
Nearly three weeks after Cambodia’s general election, which both the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition claim to have won, life in Phnom Penh remains tense. Tanks have been deployed, although only on the outskirts, and queues have formed at banks and supermarkets as rumours of hoarding become self-fulfilling. Meanwhile, the National Election Committee remains coy about releasing the final results of the poll. It claims that holding off will reduce the risk of violence from protests called by the opposition. More…
July 12, 2013
Reposted from Fox News
Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj delivers a speech at the Central Square in Ulan Bator on June 23, 2013. Elbegdorj was sworn in Wednesday, promising rapid development amid a resources boom.
ULAN BATOR (AFP) – Mongolia’s re-elected President Tsakhia Elbegdorj was sworn in Wednesday, promising rapid development amid a resources boom.
The ceremony was held outdoors for the first time, in front of a huge statue of Genghis Khan in Ulan Bator.
Several thousand supporters cheered after Elbegdorj, 50, wearing a long white traditional deel and white hat, took the oath before the image of the warrior who unified the nation 800 years ago and went on to build an empire stretching across Asia. More…
June 27, 2013
Reposted from The Washington Post
By Associated Press
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia — Mongolia’s president has won a second four-year term, securing a mandate for his efforts to crack down on corruption and further integrate the landlocked north Asian nation into international society.
With all precincts reporting, Elbegdorj Tsakhia won 50.23 percent of the vote in Wednesday’s election, with Baterdene Badmaanyambuu of the main opposition Mongolian People’s Party receiving 41.97 percent, the election commission said Thursday. More…
June 25, 2013
Reposted from BBC News
Campaigning has been relatively calm and low-key
Mongolians go to the polls on 26 June to elect a president. While the election is unlikely to change the country’s immediate course, it may decide how its vast mineral riches are used.
Since the collapse of the communist one-party system in the 1990s, Mongolia has become a fast-growing economy with a vibrant democracy. Much of this transformation was fuelled by efforts to exploit one of the world’s largest untapped mineral reserves. More…
June 14, 2013
Reposted from The Diplomat
Despite predictions, Mongolia is proving a persistent, if flawed, democracy.
By Terrence Edwards
Observers say he is a sure thing. His party hopes he is. In what is a three-way competition, Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj will be seeking to retain power in the presidential election scheduled for June 26, keeping his Democratic Party the dominant force in government at least until the next legislative election.
His main rival is Bat-Erdene, of the opposition Mongolian People’s Party. But Elbegdorj is the tried and tested candidate whose political career dates back to the country’s democratic beginnings, when he helped launch a democratic revolution in 1990. He’s been prime minister twice, non-consecutively, and is a proponent of foreign investment to keep the Mongolian economy growing. More…
October 9, 2012
Pakistan’s vulnerability to a balance of payments crisis will be increased around election time, said official sources.
Reposted from The News International
By Mehtab Haider
ISLAMABAD: With a $1.1 billion payment due to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in February 2013, Pakistan’s vulnerability to a balance of payments crisis will be increased around election time, said official sources. More…
October 2, 2012
Troops and police are accused of using unnecessary force
Reposted from BBC
The trial of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who faces charges of abuse of power, has been postponed in the capital, Male, after Mr Nasheed failed to attend.
Mr Nasheed, who resigned in February in what he said was a coup, is accused of illegally arresting a judge.
The former human rights activist denies the charges against him and says the trial is politically motivated.
A conviction could disqualify him from contesting future presidential polls. More…
July 19, 2012
Reposted from Copperinvestingnews.com
By Shihoko Goto
Mongolia’s latest general election was a victory for democracy, but what it will mean for foreign companies heavily invested in the country is still up in the air. With strong public support for resource nationalism, there is growing concern from major mining groups with developing projects that they will not see the returns they are expecting. Yet it is clear that given Mongolia’s copper wealth, junior miners cannot afford to stay away. More…