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Sihasak reassures EU team over junta's reform roadmap

EARLY ELECTIONS without reform would not help restore proper democracy to Thailand. That was the message related by acting Foreign Minister Sihasak Phuangketkeow when he met his counterpart from the European Union in Belgium this week.

In a bilateral meeting with David O'Sullivan, chief operating officer of the European External Action Service, Sihasak said Thailand had a clear roadmap to restore sustainable democracy and that the EU should support this process of reform.

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Junta's 'special powers' defended

Prayuth gets backing from his assistant to take over as premier

THE JUNTA'S legal advisers have been vehemently defending the granting of "special powers" to their leader under the provisional constitution, saying he needs these powers to see things through.

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Jokowi Promises to Make Life Easier for Investors

Joko Widodo smiles during an interview with Reuters in Jakarta on July 19, 2014. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Jakarta. Indonesia’s new president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, promised to make life simpler for investors by beefing up the country’s threadbare infrastructure, untangling near-impenetrable regulations and sacking his ministers if they aren’t up to the job.

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Prabowo Calls on World Leaders to ‘Withhold Congratulatory Statements’ to Jokowi

Prabowo's campaign team will take allegations of electoral fraud to the Constitutional Court (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro)

[Updated at 10:50 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014]

Jakarta. Prabowo Subianto’s campaign team has called on the international community to withhold congratulatory statements to President-Elect Joko Widodo until the losing candidate has had his accusations of electoral fraud heard at Indonesia’s Constitutional Court.

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Desi Anwar: Time for Reconciliation

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, gestures to presidential candidates Joko Widodo, left, and Prabowo Subianto, right, prior to a prayer at the presidential palace in Jakarta on July 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger. If we get through this presidential election relatively unscathed, with the right guy finally installed, then we can say that Indonesia has passed a crucial point in her history and will emerge a better and stronger democracy. Many lessons would have been learned and the majority of the population greatly enlightened by the experience.

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