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‘Malaysia Spring’ Approaches in Anwar Election Vision

Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, said that in the nation’s next election, his People’s Alliance coalition will end five decades of rule by the National Front as a trend toward democracy strengthens across Southeast Asia.

“We’re taking over the government at the rate we’re going,” Anwar said in an interview yesterday at his office in parliament in Kuala Lumpur, citing as a sign of support a July 9 rally where thousands marched and called for greater fairness in election practices. Currently on trial for sodomy -- a charge he says was influenced by the ruling party -- he predicted that the opposition would be boosted even if he is convicted.