Malaysia’s BN coalition hangs on to power

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NajibMalaysia’s long-governing coalition has won national elections to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced.

The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s National Front coalition captured 133 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats to win a simple majority. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party alliance seized 89 seats.

Najib’s coalition won nine of 12 states being contested, recovering Kedah from the opposition, the Election Commission said. The opposition retained Selangor, Penang and Kelantan.

It was the National Front’s 13th consecutive victory in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957. It faced its most unified challenge ever from an opposition that hoped to capitalise on allegations of arrogance, abuse of public funds and racial discrimination against the government.

The Election Commission estimated more than 10 million voted for a record turnout of 80 percent of 13 million registered vote.

 

 

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Malaysia’s long-governing coalition has won national elections to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced.

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NajibMalaysia’s long-governing coalition has won national elections to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced.

The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s National Front coalition captured 133 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats to win a simple majority. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party alliance seized 89 seats.

Najib’s coalition won nine of 12 states being contested, recovering Kedah from the opposition, the Election Commission said. The opposition retained Selangor, Penang and Kelantan.

It was the National Front’s 13th consecutive victory in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957. It faced its most unified challenge ever from an opposition that hoped to capitalise on allegations of arrogance, abuse of public funds and racial discrimination against the government.

The Election Commission estimated more than 10 million voted for a record turnout of 80 percent of 13 million registered vote.

 

 

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