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The Bitter Feud at the Center of Malaysia's Election

  • Najib and Mahathir have sparred repeatedly over the years
  • Both leaders seeking Malay votes to win on Wednesday
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Election Battle Heats Up in Malaysia
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It’s not just any other election for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak: The vote on Wednesday is personal.

His main challenger, Mahathir Mohamad, led the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition for roughly a third of its 61-year run in power, making him Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister. He backed Najib to replace his successor more than a decade ago, but now wants to boot him from office.