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Breaking norms, Thailand sets first 2019 ASEAN summit in June

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Breaking norms, Thailand sets first 2019 ASEAN summit in June

Later-than-usual date will give country time to hold election and form government

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer

 

BANGKOK -- Thailand will chair the first 2019 summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on June 22 and 23, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.

 

The June dates give the junta time to hold widely expected general elections before the summit. Over the last 10 years, ASEAN countries held summits twice a year, and typically, the first meetings were conducted late April and early May.

 

King approbated a bill in September that means the junta has to hold an election sometime between February and May. If it holds the election in February, there will be plenty of time for the formation of a new government. But if the election is held as late as May, the new prime minister will need to be ready to chair the ASEAN summit within a very short time.

 

Full story: https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Breaking-norms-Thailand-sets-first-2019-ASEAN-summit-in-June

 

-- NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW 2018-11-09

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ASEAN is just about the most useless group ever. Still import taxes on beer, wine, etetc. Just a lot of talk.

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49 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

ASEAN is just about the most useless group ever. Still import taxes on beer, wine, etetc. Just a lot of talk.

Useless....

You're being too nice. 

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