Thai nationalists blocked a Bangkok street to pressure Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva over a border agreement with Cambodia, raising the specter of protests in 2008 that led to deadly clashes and airport closures.
Malaysia’s opposition coalition will win the country’s upcoming general election with a parliamentary majority of more than 10 seats and control at least six of the nation’s 13 states, leader Anwar Ibrahim said.
Malaysian police allowed tens of thousands of opposition supporters to rally inside a stadium in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend, avoiding a repeat of earlier street demonstrations when officers clashed with marchers.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva signaled he may call an election as early as April, undercutting street protests that have limited gains in the country’s stocks and currency as he seeks to remain in office.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose coalition faces its biggest challenge in 55 years, said the election offers a choice between a reforming government that’s boosted growth and a fractious opposition that could bring “catastrophic ruin” for the country.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said his People’s Alliance coalition has a contingency plan in place in the event he is found guilty of sodomy charges and imprisoned ahead of elections that may come this year.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is aiming to end the National Front’s 55-year hold on power, said the divisions within his coalition won’t prevent it from ruling effectively should it win in national polls.