FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Forget Christmas: if you’re a Taiwanese activist, the best time to open your presents is during a close presidential election race likely to be won on the margins. Ahead of January’s polls, nationalist Kuomintang incumbent Ma Ying-jeou and chief rival Democratic Progressive party chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen have ditched the traditional Taiwanese political playbook and gone for support from aboriginal, landowner, gay, women, animal and environmental rights groups. Cain Nunns writes for The Guardian Weekly.
FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Former freedom fighter is the new president of Timor-Leste after winning a peaceful run-off election against Francisco Guterres “Lu Olo” of the opposition Fretilin party. His victory appears promising for stability within the […]