Asia briefs: Yingluck seeks junta's stand on charter vote

Yingluck seeks junta's stand on charter vote

BANGKOK • Ex-Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday urged the ruling junta to state whether it will hold elections next year as planned if Thais vote down a new charter in a looming referendum.

The generals who kicked the Yingluck government out in 2014 are preparing to put their controversial document to the people in August, marking Thailand's first return to the polls in over two years.

But the junta has been mute on what will happen if the charter fails to pass, sparking worry that a promised return to democracy next year could be further delayed.


Alleged Okinawa rape: US sailor charged

TOKYO • A United States sailor was indicted in Japan yesterday for allegedly raping a Japanese woman on Okinawa, according to reports, in a case that could further increase tensions over the American military presence on the island.

The Naha district public prosecutors' office charged Justin Castellanos, 24, stationed at the US Marine Corps Camp Schwab base on the island, with the alleged crime, Jiji Press and other media reported.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2016, with the headline 'Asia briefs: Yingluck seeks junta's stand on charter vote'. Print Edition | Subscribe