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Apr 28, 2012

Malaysian police, protesters clash raising poll doubts

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon in clashes with thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms on Saturday, raising the risk of a political backlash that could delay national polls which had been expected as early as June.

Riot police reacted after some protesters among the crowd of at least 25,000 tried to break through barriers, in defiance of a court order banning them from entering the city’s historic Merdeka (Independence) Square. They fired dozens of tear gas rounds and chased protesters through nearby streets.

Apr 28, 2012
Apr 28, 2012

Malaysian police fire tear gas, clash with protesters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannon in clashes with thousands of protesters demanding electoral reforms on Saturday, raising the risk of a political backlash that could delay national polls which had been expected within months.

Riot police reacted after some protesters among the crowd of at least 25,000 tried to break through barriers, in defiance of a court order banning them from entering the city’s historic Merdeka Square. They fired several dozen tear gas rounds, sending the protesters scattering through nearby streets.

Apr 26, 2012

Myanmar parliament stand-off a “technical matter:” Suu Kyi

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Thursday that her party’s refusal to take up newly won seats in parliament was a “technical matter” that could be resolved soon, responding to mounting criticism of her stance on the issue.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) says it won’t attend parliament unless the wording of the swearing-in oath is changed – the first sign of major friction with the ruling, army-backed party since the NLD swept historic by-elections on April 1.

Apr 23, 2012

Myanmar ruling party rejects Suu Kyi demand to change oath

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ruling, army-backed party on Monday rejected demands by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to change parliament’s oath of office, the first clear sign of friction since the democracy leader’s party swept historic by-elections.

The dispute marred Monday’s opening of parliament, as Suu Kyi and other members of her party refused to take their seats, denting an image of transformation on a day when the European Union is all but certain to become the first Western power to suspend sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 23, 2012

Myanmar parliament opens without Suu Kyi

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s parliament convened on Monday without Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after her party boycotted the legislature over a disagreement on the wording of the oath of office, just weeks after winning historic by-elections.

The protest by Suu Kyi’s party will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 22, 2012

Myanmar awaits EU sanction easing; Suu Kyi delays debut

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s reformist rulers are looking forward to an eagerly awaited easing of European Union sanctions on Monday but celebrations will be muted over a political stalemate delaying Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic parliamentary debut.

A protest by Suu Kyi’s party over a swearing-in vow for its would-be parliamentarians will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 22, 2012

As Myanmar awaits easing of sanctions, row brews over MP no-show

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s reformist rulers are looking forward to an eagerly awaited easing of European Union sanctions on Monday but celebrations will be muted over a political stalemate delaying Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic parliamentary debut.

A protest by Suu Kyi’s party over a swearing-in vow for its would-be parliamentarians will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 18, 2012
Apr 18, 2012

Malaysia economy “turns the corner”; fiscal reform to be gradual

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s economy has passed the turning point in its drive to reach high-income status by 2020, the head of the government’s economic performance agency said, but politically sensitive fiscal reforms will only be pushed through gradually.

Idris Jala, the colorful chief of the 16-month-old Economic Transformation Programme, said that a 19 percent jump in private investment last year was among clear signs that the plan to double per-capita income to $15,000 was paying off.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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