The election game: What to expect in 2018

At least three Southeast Asian nations will start the process of electing a new leader next year. How should global investors prepare for the change?
Malaysia could enter into a new era if scandal-hit prime minister Najib Razak is to be replaced in the forthcoming general election.
Malaysia could enter into a new era if scandal-hit prime minister Najib Razak is to be replaced in the forthcoming general election.

Voters in some of Southeast Asia's biggest economies will go to the polls in crunch general elections next year and the choices they make could lead to radical changes in diplomatic and economic policies that will affect investment appetite in the region for years to come.

Malaysia will kick off the political reshuffle it is required by its constitution to hold a general election by August 24. Thailand will follow with its latest attempt to restore democracy in a November poll. Indonesia will start the campaign period for its general election on October 13, although the new president will only take office a year later.

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