Malaysian PM dissolves parliament for landmark polls

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Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. FILE PHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament Wednesday in preparation for general elections seen as the toughest challenge yet for the ruling coalition after 56 years in power.

“This morning I met the king and asked for his consent to dissolve the parliament,” he said. “This dissolution will pave the way for the 13th general election.”

The election commission will meet shortly to decide on a date for the poll, which is likely to take place within the next few weeks.

Originally posted at 11:37 am | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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