Malaysia's Ruling Coalition Wins 13th Straight Vote

80% turnout amid strong opposition push
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
Updated May 5, 2013 12:49 PM CDT
Malaysians Flood Polls in Charged Vote
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim votes with his wife Wan Azizah at a polling station at Penanti in Penang state in northern Malaysia, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Malaysian's go to the polls Sundy in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition's 56-year grip on power in Southeast Asia's...   (Mark Baker)

Malaysia's long-governing coalition has won national elections to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced. The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 112 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats to win a simple majority today. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance seized 57 seats. Other races were too close to call.

It was the National Front's 13th consecutive victory in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957. It faced its most unified challenge ever from an opposition that hoped to capitalize on allegations of arrogance, abuse of public funds, and racial discrimination against the government. The Election Commission estimated more than 10 million voted for a record turnout of 80% of 13 million registered voters. (Read more Malaysia stories.)

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