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Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in JakartaBy Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) – A small Indonesian political party has struck a deal with the main opposition party, clearing the way for its popular presidential candidate to run for the top job in July, a senior official of the smaller party said on Sunday. In a Wednesday parliamentary election, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), whose presidential candidate is the popular governor of Jakarta, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, fell short of securing the 25 percent of votes needed to nominate its candidate on its own for a July 9 presidential election. But on Sunday, the small National Democrat (NasDem) party, which is led by media tycoon Surya Paloh, said it had struck a deal with the PDI-P, clearing the way for Jokowi to run in July, when he is widely seen as likely to win. "NasDem has a similar ideology to that of PDI-P and we have been communicating intensively for months," Willy Aditya, vice secretary general of NasDem, told Reuters by text message.


Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

Widodo looks on during PDIP party campaign in JakartaBy Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) – A small Indonesian political party has struck a deal with the main opposition party, clearing the way for its popular presidential candidate to run for the top job in July, a senior official of the smaller party said on Sunday. In a Wednesday parliamentary election, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), whose presidential candidate is the popular governor of Jakarta, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, fell short of securing the 25 percent of votes needed to nominate its candidate on its own for a July 9 presidential election. But on Sunday, the small National Democrat (NasDem) party, which is led by media tycoon Surya Paloh, said it had struck a deal with the PDI-P, clearing the way for Jokowi to run in July, when he is widely seen as likely to win. "NasDem has a similar ideology to that of PDI-P and we have been communicating intensively for months," Willy Aditya, vice secretary general of NasDem, told Reuters by text message.


Indonesian parties in pact, clear way for top presidential candidate

Philippines: Invite all SE Asia to Pacific pact

Philippines: Invite all SE Asia to Pacific pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philippines says a U.S.-backed Pacific free trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia.

Philippines: Invite all SE Asia to Pacific pact

Protesters occupy Taiwan government building over China trade pact

Protesters occupy Taiwan government building over China trade pact

Students protest inside Taiwan's Executive Yuan in TaipeiBy Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators occupied part of Taiwan's government headquarters on Sunday night in protest against a controversial trade pact with mainland China. President Ma Ying-jeou says the pact with Taiwan's main export market is essential for the island's prosperity. However, the main opposition party says it could hurt small service companies, and many others are reluctant to let China expand its influence over a fiercely independent and democratic territory that China still sees as a renegade province. Parliamentary approval of the agreement on April 8 would open 80 of China's service sectors to Taiwan and 64 Taiwanese sectors to China.


Protesters occupy Taiwan government building over China trade pact

Taiwan leader says protest-hit China trade pact vital for economy

Taiwan leader says protest-hit China trade pact vital for economy

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Office in TaipeiTaiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday that the island needed to pass a contentious trade pact with China for the sake of its economy, and called on protesters who have occupied parliament in protest to respect democracy and leave. Parliamentary approval of the pact would pave the way for greater economic integration between the two former geopolitical foes, by opening 80 of China's service sectors to Taiwan and 64 Taiwan sectors to China. Speaking to reporters in Taipei, Ma said that Taiwan would suffer economically if it did not sign the agreement with its biggest export destination, China. "I tell you once again, with a responsible attitude, that this is completely for the sake of Taiwan's economic future," said Ma, under whose rule since 2008 Taiwan has signed a series of landmark trade and economic agreements with China.


Taiwan leader says protest-hit China trade pact vital for economy

IRB will not back cross-border pact

IRB will not back cross-border pact

The International Rugby Board remains concerned with the continued wrangling over the future of European rugby.

IRB will not back cross-border pact