Asia Briefs: Duterte opens govt info to Filipinos

Duterte opens govt info to Filipinos

MANILA • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a landmark freedom of information order to allow the public full access to government records for the first time, his spokesman said, in a move welcomed by transparency advocates.

The executive order was signed last Saturday, his spokesman said yesterday.


Big funeral march for Cambodian activist

PHNOM PENH • Thousands attended a funeral march in Cambodia's capital yesterday for prominent government critic Kem Ley, whose killing has raised fears about political violence in the run-up to elections.

The 46-year-old was shot dead in a shop in Phnom Penh on July 10. Police have arrested a suspect and say they believe the motive for the murder was a debt, but government critics believe Mr Kem Ley was killed because of his work as an activist.


Santoso's wife warded after capture

PALU (Sulawesi) • The wife of slain Indonesian terrorist leader Santoso is being treated in a hospital following her capture.

Jumiatun was taken to the hospital yesterday in a weak condition, reported Antara News Agency. She had surrendered during a raid by a special task force last Saturday, said officials.

Nepal PM quits ahead of no-confidence vote

KATHMANDU • Nepal's Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli announced his resignation yesterday just before a parliamentary no-confidence motion which he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished nation into fresh turmoil.

Two more parties had abandoned Nepal's ruling coalition ahead of the vote.

His ruling coalition lacks a majority in Parliament. Former rebel Maoists quit the coalition two weeks ago, leading to yesterday's no-confidence motion.


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