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Malaysia Plans Early Polls as PM’s Party Wants New Mandate

  • Election to be held on Nov. 19; nomination day set for Nov. 5
  • PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolved parliament earlier this month
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Malaysia will hold its general election on Nov. 19 with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s party looking to capitalize on a string of victories from local polls and consolidate power in the Southeast Asian country. 

The Election Commission fixed nomination day for Nov. 5, with campaigning period to run for 14 days through Nov. 18, Chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh said at a briefing Thursday. A total of 222 parliament seats will be contested, along with the state seats of Perak, Pahang and Perlis, he said.