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End of centrist democracy and Asia's unconventional systems

As centrist parties falter in Western democracies, Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and India offer lessons on how political systems can bring stability

Last month, the world witnessed its two largest democratic votes - in India and across Europe - and elections have also been held in the key Asean countries of Thailand and Indonesia.

Beyond the question of who won or lost, a trend in too many countries is that the political middle ground is fragmenting, and more extreme voices are gathering strength on the left and right.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'End of centrist democracy and Asia's unconventional systems'. Print Edition | Subscribe