Asia Briefs: Vote on Myanmar's president next week

Vote on Myanmar's president next week

NAYPYITAW • Myanmar's Parliament will hold a vote to choose the next president on March 10, a week earlier than planned.

That gives Ms Aung San Suu Kyi little time to strike a deal that will allow her to take the top office.

The country's democracy icon is currently banned from becoming president under the junta-era Constitution.

The announcement on the vote yesterday suggests talks between Ms Suu Kyi and the military to remove that hurdle have failed.

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Ex-UN climate change chief in hot water

NEW DELHI • The former UN climate change panel head Rajendra Pachauri has been charged with sexual harassment, more than a year after a former colleague at a think-tank lodged a complaint, Indian police said yesterday.

Pachauri, who is on bail, denied the sexual harassment charges and said his e-mails and mobile phone were hacked.

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Ex-Fukushima execs likely to fight charges

TOKYO • Three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power indicted over the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station are expected to fight the charges of professional negligence, resulting in death and injury.

Ex-Tokyo Electric Power chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and former vice-presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro were formally charged on Monday.

The charges are linked to the deaths of more than 40 hospitalised patients evacuated from the area in the wake of reactor meltdowns that were sparked by a tsunami.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: Vote on Myanmar's president next week NAYPYITAW • Myanmar's Parliament will hold a vote to choose the next president on March 10, a week earlier than planned.'. Print Edition | Subscribe