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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

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Sri Lanka President arrived in Turkey on a state visit

President in AnkaraSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Ankara late on Monday on an official visit at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gül. Pres?dent Mah?nda Rajapaksa and Sh?ranth? Rajapaksa arr?ved were received by Kemal Onal Governor of Ankara at Ankara Esenboga Internat?onal A?rport when he arrived yesterday evening from Rome. Sri Lanka’s President whilst in Turkey will hold talks with President Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Speaker Koksal Toptan and several other top level Turkish representatives, today before traveling to ?stanbul tomorrow.

Lectures of Prof. Win : In Response to Burma Digest

Having a Euro Burma Office in Brussels supported by the EU does not mean that Europe is very much interested in Burma. It is just a minimal. Of course they are interested in political stability, development, and democracy. But we have to remember that EU is a soft power in Asia and seldom throw their weight around. Rather their influence is on technology transfer, trade, investment, political consultation. For reasons of geography and strategic weight, the Europeans are not as important in Southeast Asia as the United States, the ASEAN members, China and India. By their actions it seems that E U has come to the conclusion that the sanctions have not achieved their political objective and are hurting the population rather than the military government.

Thai government dismissed in the constitutional court's ruling

The ongoing political turbulence in Thailand entered a new phase Tuesday after the Constitution Court judged that the ruling People Power Party (PPP), headed by embattled Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, and two parties in his coalition were guilty of electoral fraud in last December's general election, and ordered them dissolved. The verdict put an immediate end to the premiership of Somchai Wongsawat and his cabinet. Under the 2007 constitution, written by appointees of the September 2006 coupmakers, senior executives of the PPP and two other parties -- Chart Thai and Matchimathipataya -- would be banned from politics for five years. MPs of the three parties must move to new parties within 60 days in order to retain their parliamentary seats.


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