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  • Battulga will receive the seal from outgoing President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

    MONGOLIA, 2017/07/10 Mongolia's president-elect Khaltmaa Battulga will be inaugurated on July 10, authorities said Sunday. Miyegombyn Enkhbold, Mongolia's parliament speaker, has issued an order to hold an extraordinary parliament conference to prepare for the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected president on Monday morning.
  • Can Koike conquer the capital?

    JAPAN, 2017/06/27 The current assembly is dominated by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its long-time religious ally Komeito. Together, they have maintained a comfortable working majority which has supported, opposed and summarily dismissed the last two Tokyo governors — inclunding pursuing notable pork barrelling. On 2 July the voters of metropolitan Tokyo go to the polls to elect a new prefectural assembly. These elections are usually mild affairs, made duller in recent years by the diminished popularity of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP). Tokyo Governor and chief of Tokyo Citizens Initial party Yuriko Koike waves to voters atop of a campaign van as election campaign officially kicks off for Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, on the street in Tokyo 23 June 2017. 
  • South Korean election breaks all precedents

    SOUTH KOREA, 2017/05/07 Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye set a lot of milestones in Korean political history. She was the initial female president, and the daughter of a former president, Park Jung-hee. She was the initial president since South Korea’s democratisation in 1987 to be impeached by the National Assembly and the Constitutional Court. And, without precedent, she was arrested and jailed instantly next the impeachment over corruption charges. On Park’s departure the focus shifted sharply to the upcoming presidential election. In the aftermath of Park’s impeachment, for the initial time in any South Korean presidential election there is no strong conservative candidate.
  • Uzbek parties nominate presidential candidates

    UZBEKISTAN, 2016/09/23 Uzbekistan is preparing for an early presidential election scheduled for December 4. The country made a decision to go to elections next the recent death of President Islam Karimov, who led Uzbekistan for 25 years. Four political parties operating in the country have decided on their presidential candidates last week, the decision on the nomination of which will be submitted for approval to the Congress. Four political parties in the country have the right to nominate a presidential candidate.
  • Kyrgyz president’s health condition normal

    KYRGYZSTAN, 2016/09/23 Health national of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev is normal and he is still in Turkey, said an official of the presidential press service, RIA Novosti reported. “The president’s health condition is normal. He has by presently made a statement today,” said the official. Before, the Kyrgyz presidential press service said Atambayev took a short vacation to undergo a medical examination.
  • Uzbek President Islam Karimov dies at 78 after suffering stroke

    UZBEKISTAN, 2016/09/04 Uzbek President Islam Karimov died Friday at the age of 78 next being hospitalized following a stroke on Aug. 27, the Uzbek government confirmed. His funeral will be held on Saturday in the historic town of Samarkand, where he was born, a government statement said, adding that a three-day period of mourning would start on the same day. Karimov, who had served as president of the newly independent republic since 1991, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Saturday. On Sunday, the Uzbek government informed on its website that the late leader was taken to hospital for the need of a full medical examination.
  • Suu Kyi’s challenge is to share, not wield power

    MYANMAR, 2016/08/25 Yangon is suddenly a city of phablets. Nowhere in Asia, let alone Europe, have I seen so a lot of supersized smartphones in public spaces and with such egalitarian appeal: Pavement vendors selling early 20th century British guides to English grammar seem as transfixed by them as Yangon’s smart set playing Pokemon Go. For a lot of in an isolated country, a 4G smartphone is their initial taste of modern consumer luxury. Its proliferation, in a country where a SIM card once cost additional than $2,000 (Dh7,356), seems an example of “leapfrog development”, in which, economically backward nations take quick shortcuts to modernisation and urbanisation.
  • Rahul Gandhi may become Congress President in August or November

    INDIA, 2016/07/16 The stage is finally set for Rahul Gandhi to take charge of Congress. The Congress vice-president is likely to become president at a appropriate All India Congress Committee session. Delhi is the likely venue. The session may be held in the latter half of August or in middle November. Sonia Gandhi, the party president since 1998, will step down in favour of her son, but she is likely to retain her role as chairperson of Congress parliamentary party (CPP).
  • Japan policymakers to meet on markets, Bernanke to talk with Abe

    JAPAN, 2016/07/10 Senior Japanese policymakers will discuss world market developments on Friday and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have talks in Tokyo next week with officials inclunding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, government sources said. The meetings underscore the concern government officials have about damage that the recent market rout, triggered by the Brexit vote, could inflict on Japan's fragile economic recovery. Officials from the Ministry of Finance, Financial Services Agency and the Bank of Japan will meet Friday at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) to exchange views inclunding on how the government should respond to the yen's appreciation, the sources said.
  • More of the same from Japanese polls next weekend

    JAPAN, 2016/07/05