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Kyrgyzstan votes for new parliament

Kyrgyzstan votes for new parliament

By Nurzhan Kasmalieva    BISHKEK: The parliamentary elections have started in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday morning. President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov was one of the first to cast his ballot in a polling station in the outskirts of the capital, Bishkek. After the voting, the head of state called on fellow citizens to be active in the elections and […]

Uzbekistan: President Mirziyoyev takes oath of office for second term

Uzbekistan: President Mirziyoyev takes oath of office for second term

By Dilmurod Jumaboyev Editor-in-chief of Vodiymedia.uz TASHKENT: Shavkat Mirziyoyev, 64, has taken the oath of office for the second term as President of Uzbekistan in a solmen ceremony that took place at the Conference Hall of the Senate in Tashkent. The inauguration of Mirziyoyev, who won the presidential elections in Uzbekistan on October 24 with […]

Kyrgyzstan: What future is the country in turbulence expecting?

Kyrgyzstan: What future is the country in turbulence expecting?

By Meder Taabaldiev BISHKEK: In Kyrgyzstan, October 4 marked one year since the 2020 parliamentary election, the results of which sparked massive protests – a culmination of previous president Sooronbai Jeenbekov’s incompetent rule. Pro-government parties took an overwhelming majority of the seats according to the preliminary results. Based on many instances of electoral fraud and […]

Kyrgyz voters cast ballots in presidential elections and referendum

Kyrgyz voters cast ballots in presidential elections and referendum

By Nurzhan Kasmalieva Reporter, Kyrgyzstan BISHKEK: Kyrgyz voters started to cast ballots on January 10 to elect a new president and to determine the form of government. The voting started in polling station located in Russia’s Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk at 3.00 a.m. (Bishkek time) and the voting began at 8.00 a.m. of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk time. A total of […]

End of era of sledge-hammer politics in post-GE 2020 Singapore

End of era of sledge-hammer politics in post-GE 2020 Singapore

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: Is the era of hardball politics coming to an end in Singapore? For decades the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has been delivering blow after blow, as if with an unabashed sledge hammer, at the microscopic opposition in Parliament. Will the watershed July 10 general […]

Leeway to Opposition but Singaporeans play it safe in polls

Leeway to Opposition but Singaporeans play it safe in polls

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Descendants of migrants from China, India and the Malay Archipelago, Singaporeans are said to have a keen sense of survival. This natural instinct could be seen in the way they voted on July 10 in the General Election held amidst the crisis of a generation […]

Singapore General Election: PAP Super-Win or Opposition Super-Wave?

Singapore General Election: PAP Super-Win or Opposition Super-Wave?

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: A sweeping PAP victory or the Opposition hacking away the ruling monolith’s super-majority? On the eve of polling day, political pundits are busy sketching out both the outcomes in Singapore’s General Election (GE) on July 10. Those who foresee signs of continuity: the long-standing PAP […]

Singapore opposition sees ‘Wipe-Out’ threat by PAP

Singapore opposition sees ‘Wipe-Out’ threat by PAP

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Temporarily side-tracked by a 10 million population debate, the ruling PAP has refocused its campaign on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its S$100 billion budgets to help Singaporeans cope with business and employment problems. Party leaders from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, downwards […]

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

Mid-point of Singapore general election throws up a ‘10 million hot potato’

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Midway through the seemingly tepid Covid-19 electioneering, the political scene unexpectedly flared up as parties clashed over whether there was any plan for the city-state to host a population of 10 million. Lighting the fuse of the cracker, the feisty Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief, […]

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

No Lee Vs Lee face-off, PM’s younger brother bows out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Singapore does not need another Lee to vie for political office. Saying this, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s younger brother, Lee Hsien Yang, on Tuesday put paid to rising expectations among his supporters of a direct Lee vs Lee tussle in the coming General Election […]

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