Elections

UN rights chief: Intolerance making inroads in Indonesia

Feb 7, 2018

UN human rights chief says "strains of intolerance" once thought foreign to Indonesia are making inroads in the world's most populous Muslim nation and warned the government against criminalizing its LGBT citizens

Morality push may outlaw sex outside marriage in Indonesia

Feb 2, 2018

Revisions to Indonesia's criminal code being considered by Parliament would outlaw sex outside marriage and could weaken checks and balances in Indonesia's young democracy

Malaysia raises interest rate for first time in 4 years

Jan 25, 2018

Malaysia's central bank has raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years ahead of general elections due by August

Malaysian opposition names 92-year-old Mahathir as PM choice

Jan 8, 2018

Malaysia's opposition alliance names 92-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate for general elections to boost its chances of wrestling power from ruling coalition

Indonesia parliament endorses draconian law on groups

Oct 24, 2017

Indonesia's parliament has endorsed a presidential decree that gives officials sweeping powers to ban organizations deemed threats to national unity

AP Interview: Mahathir says opposition can win Malaysia vote

Sep 18, 2017

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says in an AP interview the opposition alliance campaigning to topple the country's corruption-tainted leader can win the next general elections

Only one candidate qualifies in Singapore presidential race

Sep 11, 2017

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community

Malaysia launches inquiry over forex losses under Mahathir

Aug 8, 2017

Malaysia's government has launched an inquiry into massive foreign exchange losses by the central bank more than two decades ago, in a probe that could lead to criminal prosecution for former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Indonesia politicians caught up in $170 million graft case

Mar 10, 2017

Indonesian politicians with key roles in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's governing coalition have been caught up in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pilfered more than $170 million of government money

Run-off election for Jakarta governor may heighten tensions

Feb 16, 2017

A tight and possibly ugly contest is expected in a second round election for governor of the Indonesian capital that will pit the minority Christian incumbent against a former cabinet minister backed by conservative Muslim clerics

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