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  • Nawaz Sharif to become PML-N chief again?

    PAKISTAN, 2017/09/23 Pakistan's PML-N party-led government today managed to pass a key clause in the Elections Reforms Bill in the Senate, paving the way for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to become the chief of the ruling party again. The Election Commission of Pakistan had disqualified Sharif as a member of the National Assembly following the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict on the Panama Papers scandal. The 67-year-old leader was as well rendered ineligible to act as the president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party under the landmark verdict.
  • Pakistan's election body asks police to arrest, produce Imran Khan

    PAKISTAN, 2017/09/16 Pakistan's election commission has ordered the police to arrest Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan and present him before it on September 25 in a contempt case, according to media reports today. In a letter written to the Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) yesterday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said that Imran was charged with contempt of the ECP under the Representation of Peoples Act, 1976, Dawn reported.
  • Former Fed official Fisher: China could be the key to solving the North Korea crisis

    CHINA, 2017/09/16 Richard Fisher, the former Federal Reserve official and current top advisor at Barclays, said Friday he is looking for China to play a pivotal role in resolving problems on the Korean Peninsula. Following North Korea's new missile launch before in the day, Fisher said the current U.S. government's strategy in getting nations to acknowledge on sanctions against North Korea was a "step in the right direction." He acknowledged, however, that recent steps taken by the international community were likely less severe than the White Home would've like.
  • Narendra Modi’s cabinet expansion marks generational shift

    INDIA, 2017/09/04 A silent but significant generational shift marks out the new council of ministers, with four key leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi—elevated as cabinet ministers. All four were as well instrumental in crafting the BJP’s election strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and have been part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s original team ever since.
  • Kyrgyz parliament approves new PM

    KYRGYZSTAN, 2017/08/26 Kyrgyz MPs supported the candidacy of Sapar Isakov for the post of the country’s prime minister, the Kabar news agency reported on August 25. The decision was made on August 25 during an extraordinary session of the parliament. Thus, 97 MPs voted to support Sapar Isakov and 5 were against. As well, the MPs supported the new structure, composition and program of the government.
  • Uzbek Senate approves law on business ombudsman

    UZBEKISTAN, 2017/08/26 The Senate (upper home) of the Uzbek Parliament approved the law “On the authorized representative (ombudsman) for the protection of rights and legal interests of business entities under the country’s president” at a plenary session on August 24, according to the data service of the Senate. It was before reported that in May 2017, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev by his decree established an institution of the business ombudsman and instructed his apparatus to draft the relevant law together with the interested ministries and institutions.
  • Taro Kono starts well as Japan's foreign minister

    JAPAN, 2017/08/15 Foreign Minister Taro Kono made his presence felt on his initial overseas trip since taking the position last week. In fluent English, Kono exchanged opinions with other foreign ministers and distinguished himself on several occasions, inclunding with an off-the-cuff counterargument to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Although Kono has made a solid start, however, the diplomatic arena contains a lot of pending issues — and producing good results will not be easy.
  • China congratulates Pakistan's new prime minister

    PAKISTAN, 2017/08/15 China on Wednesday congratulated Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on becoming Pakistan's new prime minister, in the wake of the supreme court disqualifying former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges. Abbasi was sworn in Tuesday evening in a little while next the parliament elected him with a clear majority. He belongs to Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party.
  • Pakistani lawmakers elect ousted PM Nawaz Sharif's ally as replacement

    PAKISTAN, 2017/08/02 Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the new premier instantly sought to project an image of stability. Lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) party banged on benches and chanted "Lion, lion Nawaz Sharif" next the vote, standing defiant in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to cut short his third stint in power.
  • Xi congratulates new president of Vanuatu

    CHINA, 2017/07/20 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday sent a congratulatory message to Tallis Obed Moses, Vanuatu's new president. In the message, Xi said China-Vanuatu relations have maintained sound momentum of development since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations.