​Governor named presidential candidate

March 15, 2014 - 6:08:26 am

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s main opposition PDI-P party named Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo its presidential candidate yesterday, the man widely seen as a shoo-in to be next leader.

By choosing him, former president and party chief Megawati Sukarnoputri has also likely given a boost to her Indonesian Democratic Party’s chances in the April 9 parliamentary election. The presidential election is on July 9.

She has kept the country on tenterhooks for weeks over whether she would put aside her ambitions to return to the presidential palace or back the governor, popularly known as Jokowi. Two days earlier, Widodo had accompanied Megawati to pray at the grave of her father Sukarno, the first president.

Six die in China knifing incident

BEIJING:  At least six people died after a knifing incident in central China’s Changsha City, state media reported yesterday, in what appeared to be a dispute involving market vendors from the restive far western region of Xinjiang.

Police shot dead one assailant. One suspect worked as a bread vendor and was involved in an argument with a customer. A knife fight ensued between businessmen Hebir Turdi and Memet Abla - whose names suggest they were ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang in the morning. “Abla was killed by Turdi, who later stabbed four passers-by as he ran away. Police shot him. Two passers-by died at the scene.       

Deal with Milf on March 27

MANILA: The Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf) rebels are to sign a treaty on March 27 to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest rebellions, a senior aide to President Benigno Aquino said yesterday.

The terms, completed in January after drawn-out talks, would see Milf disband its 12,000-member force and share power with Manila in the Muslim south. Agencies