Asia Watch: Coronations and elections on the horizon this month

China's May Fourth centenary, Trump's Japan trip, Najib's corruption trial also feature

Members of the Thai Royal Guards, in a rehearsal for the land procession of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's coronation ceremony, passing the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on Sunday. The ceremony will take place from May 4 to 6. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Members of the Thai Royal Guards, in a rehearsal for the land procession of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's coronation ceremony, passing the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on Sunday. The ceremony will take place from May 4 to 6. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

May, in many ways, will herald an era of change in the Asia-Pacific region. Two kings will be crowned. Crucial elections continue in India and will be held in Australia and the Philippines. Official election results are expected to be announced in Thailand, Indonesia and India.

Japan's new era

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2019, with the headline 'Coronations and elections on the horizon this month'. Print Edition | Subscribe