Australia govt trails opposition after voter-friendly budget – polls

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, May 14 : Australia’s centre-right government trailed the opposition in two opinion polls released on Monday, suggesting that last week’s voter-friendly budget had not delivered a much-needed boost for the ruling coalition, an analyst said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal-National government unveiled a package of personal income tax cuts for low […]

Cambodia’s former opposition leader calls for election boycott

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Apr 8 : Cambodia’s former opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, called on Sunday for Cambodians to boycott a general election set for July 29 if his dissolved party isn’t allowed to take part. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the Supreme Court last November at the request […]

Albanian protesters block roads, demanding end to new highway tolls

By Benet Koleka TIRANA, April 5 : Protesters burned tyres and blocked four main highways in Albania on Thursday to demand that authorities scrap new toll fees on the main road linking the impoverished Balkan country with Kosovo. The two-hour protest followed the torching of toll booths on the highway on Saturday by demonstrators angered […]

EU calls on Cambodia to reconsider banning main opposition party

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Oct 9 : The European Union called on Cambodia’s government on Monday to reconsider its decision to seek the dissolution of the main opposition party after its leader was arrested and charged with treason. Government lawyers filed a lawsuit on Friday to get the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) […]

Despite by-election loss, Pakistan opposition claims momentum for 2018

By Mubasher Bukhari and Asif Shahzad LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 18 : Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan’s party said on Monday it had built momentum in a by-election for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s parliamentary seat, despite finishing second, but the biggest inroads were made by two new Islamist groupings. Sharif’s wife Kulsoom won the by-election […]

Cambodia’s parliament votes to prosecute opposition leader

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Sept 11 : Cambodia’s parliament voted on Monday to allow the prosecution of opposition leader Kem Sokha on treason charges that have been criticised by Western countries and are dismissed by his party as nonsense. Kem Sokha’s arrest on Sept. 3 marked an escalation in a crackdown on critics […]