Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA Tuesday, May 21, 2019 PAKISTAN Opposition parties call for protest after Ramzan. Leaders of opposition parties, including Bilawal Bhutto of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Maryam Nawaz of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have called for nationwide protests against..
Major Issues in EAST ASIA PACIFIC Tuesday, May 21, 2019 INDONESIA Jokowi re-elected according to official count. The final official count of the General Election Commission (KPU) shows President Joko Widodo winning with 55.5% of votes against the 44.5% of his challenger, former general Prabowo Subianto. The KPU released the official results of the April presidential election early today. Widodo won over 85 million of the total 154 million votes. The results, however, could trigger a legal challenge and potential street protests after Prabowo claimed widespread cheating. A witness for Prabowo’s campaign team and the leading opposition refused to..
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA Monday, May 20, 2019 INDIA Seventh phase of general elections marred by violence in three states. The seventh and final phase of general elections was held for 59 seats in eight states yesterday. Voting was held in 13 seats each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, […]
Major Issues in EAST ASIA PACIFIC Monday, May 20, 2019 INDONESIA Prabowo supporters to protest on May 22. Supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto are planning a two-day protest at the General Elections Commission (KPU) building tomorrow and on May 22, when the KPU is expected to announce the victory of President Joko […]
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA Tuesday, May 14, 2019 PAKISTAN Blast in Quetta kills four, injures 11. Four policemen were killed and 11 others were injured in a bomb blast yesterday in the Mini Market area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan. Investigators said the bomb exploded close to a..
Major Issues in EAST ASIA PACIFIC Tuesday, May 14, 2019 INDONESIA 32,000 police and soldiers to secure election agencies amid alleged terror threat. The state security agencies will deploy 32,000 police and military personnel to secure the General Elections Commission (KPU) building ahead of the announcement of the official election results on May 22. The security officers will be deployed on May 19 as a precautionary measure against possible attacks by..
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA Monday, May 13, 2019 PAKISTAN Separatist insurgents attack five-star hotel in Gwadar. The Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar was attacked by separatist insurgents on Saturday, May 11. The attackers were members of the Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) insurgent group which claimed responsibility for the attack. No foreigners were staying in the hotel during the attack.
Major Issues in EAST ASIA PACIFIC Monday, May 13, 2019 INDONESIA Prabowo supporter arrested for threatening to behead Widodo. The Jakarta Police yesterday arrested a supporter of presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto who threatened to behead President Joko Widodo in a video that went viral on May 11. The man, identified only as HS, was arrested in Parung district of Bogor, West Java. In the video, the man said...
Major Issues In SOUTH ASIA Tuesday, May 7, 2019 INDIA Fifth phase of general elections marred by violence. Several people were injured in clashes between political parties in West Bengal during the fifth phase of voting in the general elections yesterday. Clashes between the political parties near the polling stations in Arambagh, Barrackpore, and […]
Major Issues in EAST ASIA PACIFIC Tuesday, May 7, 2019 INDONESIA GDP grows 5.07% in first quarter. The Indonesian economy grew 5.07% in January-March, according to data provided by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). The growth rate is slightly higher than the 5.06% growth in the same period last year. However, it is below expectations. The central bank predicted 5.2% growth for the quarter, and Reuters and Bloomberg estimated 5.18% and 5.2% respectively. Exports contracted 2.08% during the quarter while investment..