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Five More Former Opposition Leaders Re-enter Politics

Samdech Say Chhum, Acting Head of State and President of Senate, granted the rights to re-enter politics to five more former opposition leaders of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), according to the separate royal decrees dated March 19. The five from the dissolved ...

Time for Vietnam’s next generation of clean leaders to step up

Last year marked the mid-point between Vietnam’s five yearly National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). The eighth plenum of the CPV Central Committee met in October to initiate planning for the 13th Congress in 2021. Keep reading ...

Myanmar Moves to Pursue Constitutional Change to Curb Military Role

Lawmakers took a first step Tuesday toward amending Myanmar’s constitution to curb the power of the military, a difficult process that risks straining the uneasy relations between the civilian leadership and the armed forces. Keep reading ...

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi cancels Lowy Institute lecture

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is “not feeling well” and has pulled out of delivering a keynote speech in Sydney on Tuesday. Key points: Lowy Institute Lecture was set to be Suu Kyi’s only public arrangement in Australia Suu Kyi facing criticism over plight ...

Caitlyn Gribbin

Cambodia: From pet project to problem child

As international condemnation began to pour in earlier this month lambasting the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the country’s largest opposition party, ruling party elites were quick to ask: Why us?[]Just days after the Supreme Court decision, outspoken CPP member Heng Ratana boasted, “No country ...

Andrew Nachemson

Pyithu Hluttaw nod for increased land, water, embankment tax

A proposal urging the Union government to increase land, water and embankment taxes on farmers to be compatible with the times has been approved by the Pyithu Hluttaw on May 22. It was submitted by Ayeyarwady Region, Thapaung township Hluttaw MP U Thein Tun during ...

NLA proposes VAT hike to 8 per cent

The National Legislative Assembly has agreed that the value-added tax should be increased from 7 per cent to 8 per cent. However, the final decision on the tax hike will be made by the Cabinet after the NLA submits its proposal for approval.  The proposed VAT ...

One more year may be needed to complete civil code

One more year may be needed for the further development of Laos’ civil code while the drafting sub-committee must make a concerted effort to reach their target. National Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou on May 16 summarised the Assembly’s debate on the draft of the civil ...

Parliament to prioritise pending legislations

The fifth parliamentary session will resume on May 18 and the process of approving bills will be emphasised. Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee chair U Tun Tun Hein said that these are bills which have yet to be finished. “So we will prioritise them as soon ...

NA supports enactment of law on international treaties

National Assembly members have supported the enactment of the Law on Treaties and International Agreements, which would be a reference for future internal and external cooperation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced the newly drafted law for consideration by the National Assembly, with the law tabled ...

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