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Malaysia Bans Party-Hopping MPs From Toppling Government

  • Proposed law aims to end a culture of political horse trading
  • The bipartisan bill had been deferred at least twice
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Malaysia’s parliament on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill to curb defections by lawmakers, a major cause of political instability and a sign that elections may be round the corner.

The ban on party-hopping was approved with a more than two-thirds majority and is part of a series of reforms introduced by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri in September aimed at strengthening the administration of government.