Thai junta seeks royal approval for charter
BANGKOK • Thailand's military government was set to submit a Constitution for royal endorsement yesterday, according to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in a step that should pave the way for a general election next year.
By law, the monarch or regent has 90 days to approve the Constitution. "It will proceed according to the steps as determined by the palace and will follow the 90-day protocol," General Prayut told reporters.
Sri Lanka slams Chinese envoy over aid criticism
COLOMBO • Sri Lanka slammed China's ambassador yesterday for criticising Colombo's attitude towards aid in the local media, as the island nation distances itself from its once-close ally and economic lifeline. Colombo took exception to ambassador Yi Xianliang's comments at a press conference last week, where he said his host nation should stop criticising "expensive" loans granted by Beijing for infrastructure.
Opposition leader fined for smearing Hun Sen
PHNOM PENH • Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was fined in absentia yesterday for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of having fake Facebook page "likes", in the latest government case against the opposition before a general election in 2018. He was ordered to pay US$6,250 (S$4,500) in fines and compensation.