With barely more than a month under her belt as a professional politician, Yingluck Shinawatra stood poised Monday to become Thailand’s first woman prime minister after her Pheu Thai party scored a resounding victory in Sunday’s national elections. Riding a well-oiled political machine and benefiting from the popularity of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed as prime minister in a 2006 military coup, Yingluck and her party won an apparent majority in parliament according to unofficial election returns.
Sonthi Boonyaratglin must have armor-plated gonads.
Democrats are in a grumpy mood, and with good reason. A big special-election victory in upstate New York quickly sagged into a disastrous media frenzy over Democratic CongressmanInternet lothario Anthony Weiner’s spectacular success in becoming the Twittersphere’s most obvious twit.
“The momentous victory gives us very much courage,” said Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman. “I pray that God will give us help and shelter from adversity and that Malaysia will continue to flourish and prosper in peace.
The outcome of Malaysia’s general election on Saturday was expected to be the usual landslide for the country’s ruling political bloc.
From the epochal to the mundane, the decisions of Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew have steered the history of his island nation for more than half a century. But as the political party Lee founded in 1954 seeks to shore up its sliding fortunes with a younger and more politically outspoken electorate, the 87-year-old man regarded as modern Singapore’s founding father has withdrawn from day-to-day governance by quitting his Cabinet post along with Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who succeeded Lee as Prime Minister in 1990
IT was a year of visitations and bold ventures with Russia and China, of a uniquely personal triumph at the polls for the President, of hopes raised and lately dashed for peace in Viet Nam.
Banned in Berlin on election day this week was the flag of Germany: black, red & gold.
A troubling story that has not gotten much attention this election season or any recent one, for that matter is why a certain group of roughly 5.3 million Americans won’t be allowed to vote.
Two days after I won the democratic nomination in my U.S. Senate race, I received an email from a doctor at the University of Chicago Medical School