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The Malaysian Insider :: World

Tunisia warns Libya over shelling of border town

Posted: 07 May 2011 06:30 PM PDT

TUNIS, May 8 — Tunisia warned Libya that it considered the shelling of a border town yesterday "extremely dangerous" and said it would take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty.

Close to 100 shells or mortar rounds fell on or near the Tunisian border town of Dehiba yesterday, causing no injuries but doing damage to one house, a Reuters witness said. The shelling sent residents scurrying for safety.

The town has been hit repeatedly by stray shells in recent weeks as forces loyal to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi battle rebels for control of the Dehiba-Wazzin border crossing.

The crossing gives the rebels, fighting to end Gaddafi's rule of more than four decades, a road from the outside world into strongholds in Libya's Western Mountains region.

"Tunisia will take all the necessary measures to ensure its national territorial sovereignty and the safety of its citizens and refugees within the frameworks provided by international law," said the foreign ministry statement carried by the official TAP news agency.

It accused Tripoli of a "lack of seriousness" when it came to meeting its commitments, adding that Tunisia would keep the border crossing open to allow Libyans to flee fighting inside their country.

Earlier, Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi told a news conference that Tripoli did not target Tunisia deliberately. — Reuters

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Singapore’s ruling party loses multi-seat constituency

Posted: 07 May 2011 05:55 PM PDT

Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo speaks with the media during the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in this April 8, 2010 file photo. Foreign Minister George Yeo lost his parliamentary seat in the Singapore general election on May 8, 2011. — Reuters pic

SINGAPORE, May 8 — Singapore's long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP) suffered its first-ever loss of a multi-member constituency, handing the opposition Workers' Party five of the 87 elected seats in the city-state's parliament.

Singaporeans voted yesterday in the Southeast Asian country's most hotly contested general election since independence. Although the long-ruling PAP has won the election with more than two-thirds of the seats, its share of the popular vote fell to around 60 per cent.

At the last election in 2006, the PAP won about 67 per cent of the vote and 82 of 84 seats.

The loss of the five-member Aljunied group representation constituency (GRC) means Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will have to appoint a new foreign minister to replace George Yeo, a member of the PAP team contesting the constituency.

Second Finance Minister Lim Hwee Hua is another member of the losing PAP team.

The Workers' Party team was led by secretary-general Low Thia Khiang and included top corporate lawyer Chen Show Mao, managing partner of the Beijing office of US law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell who advised on many of China's multi-billion-dollar initial public offerings.

The PAP government introduced the GRC system in 1988 saying it needed to ensure minority candidates from the city-state's minority Malay and Indian communities were represented in parliament.

Opposition parties, however, contend the GRCs, are aimed at making it more difficult for them to win seats under Singapore's first-past-the-post electoral system.

The PAP has never lost a GRC since the system was introduced in a 1988 election.

For the current election, the city-state was divided into 15 GRCs of four to six seats each, and 12 single member constituencies. — Reuters

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