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Najib Calls Malaysia Vote With Party's 60-Year Rule at Stake

  • Surveys predict another win for Najib’s ruling coalition
  • Former leader Mahathir, 92, to head main opposition alliance
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Mahathir Mohamad’s party has been banned from campaigning for 30 days. Bloomberg’s Shamim Adam reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called an election that will determine whether his ruling coalition can continue its six-decade run in power in the face of rising living costs and lingering corruption allegations.

The dissolution of parliament will take effect on Saturday, Najib said in a televised address from the administrative capital of Putrajaya. The Election Commission will announce the date of the election within 10 days of receiving official notice on the dissolution of the legislature, said Chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah. The vote must be held in the next two months.