Asia Briefs: Filibuster by Korean opposition hits 7th day

Filibuster by Korean opposition hits 7th day

SEOUL • A marathon filibuster by South Korean opposition lawmakers entered its seventh day yesterday as they sought to block a Bill giving greater surveillance powers to the national spy agency. Twenty-five lawmakers from the Minjoo Party and the Justice Party have now spent more than 140 hours taking turns to hold the floor of Parliament. They are demanding revisions to an anti-terrorism Bill pushed by the ruling Saenuri Party.


Top Xinjiang officials suspected of corruption

BEIJING • China's ruling Communist Party has expelled two senior officials in the far western region of Xinjiang for corruption and handed them over to prosecutors, an anti-graft watchdog has said. The first official, Alimjan Maimaitiming, 56, is a former secretary-general in the Xinjiang government. The other, Xie Hui, 53, ran the Xinjiang prison system from 2010 until his promotion in 2013 to a vice-head of the Xinjiang public security bureau.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2016, with the headline 'AsiaBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe