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  • Jul 11, 2014
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In an age of fast thoughts, we should pause to reset our ideas of democracy

Ugly scenes of tear gas and violence being used to remove protesters from the heart of one of the most historic cities in the world, which is a classic bridge between Asia and Europe, as well as between Christianity and Islam, are distressing enough.

Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 1:53am

How they see it

Malaysia's governing coalition extended its unchallenged success in the national elections ever since our neighbouring country's independence from Britain in 1957.

12 May 2013 - 4:00am

A vote to decide Islam's role in Pakistani politics

Pakistan's moment of political truth is fast approaching. On Saturday, some 40-50 million voters will elect a new national assembly. The outcome is likely to reverberate far and wide.

8 May 2013 - 3:19am

New AFC chief denies allegations of human rights abuses after election

Bahrain's Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa fought back against allegations of human rights abuses yesterday as he became Asian soccer's new leader with a landslide election win.

3 May 2013 - 5:23am

Japan court rules some election results ‘invalid’

Japan’s politicians were grappling with possible implications on Tuesday after a high court said some general election results were invalid, with other rulings expected later in the day.

Judges in Hiroshima, western Japan, on Monday declared the ballot in two constituencies in last December’s poll were unconstitutional and invalid, the first time a court has said a result was void.

26 Mar 2013 - 1:56pm

Wukan's new leaders losing steam amid reality of politics a year later

A year ago last week, the tiny Guangdong fishing village of Wukan made history with a democratic election to choose its local leaders. The election was the villagers' reward for months of tenacious protest against illegal land grabs by corrupt officials. The demonstrations saw them kick out their old leaders and effectively cut themselves off from the outside world.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

Opposition candidate Sukhumbhand Paribatra wins Bangkok governor poll

Thailand's main opposition party triumphed in an election for Bangkok governor yesterday, dealing a surprise blow to exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's ruling party, which had hoped to win the city and cement its supremacy.

4 Mar 2013 - 4:56am

A year after free election, grass-roots democracy in Wukan withers

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the fair election in Wukan, a remote Guangdong fishing village known for its remarkable civil resistance that won "real democracy" in the form of a direct, grass-roots election for its government.

However, it's doubtful that villagers will be celebrating their success on the anniversary.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:38am

Bitter power struggle as election looms for Wo On Lok triad

In an eerie echo of the storyline of director Johnnie To Kei-fung 's hit 2005 movie Election, about a power struggle at the top of a triad gang, one of the city's most active triad groups - the Wo On Lok - has been locked in a bloody succession war as past and present leaders prepare to gather in a secret location to "vote" in a new leadership.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:51pm 12 comments

Top ministers caught up in graft probe

Two senior Australian ministers have been dragged into a snowballing Labor Party corruption scandal, admitting accepting hospitality from a former power broker at the centre of an inquiry.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:16am