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Zaid to contest poll result in court

Posted: 04/28/2010
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian opposition politician who lost a recent by-election said yesterday he would ask a court to nullify the result, claiming he was a victim of vote buying and other irregularities.

Read full story. Source: Straits Times Interactive – ASIA

Growing pains still plague PR coalition

Posted: 04/30/2009
KUALA LUMPUR: A year after a new opposition coalition was born after its three members won control of five states, Malaysia’s Pakatan Rakyat (PR) still has growing pains.

Read full story. Source: Straits Times Interactive – ASIA

No clear leader apart from Anwar

Posted: 04/30/2009
MALAYSIANS may be able to imagine opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister. But beyond him, they might be at a loss when asked to come up with the name of an opposition member who could lead the country.

Read full story. Source: Straits Times Interactive – ASIA

Malaysian prime minister resigns

Posted: 04/02/2009
Malaysia’s King accepts the resignation of PM Abdullah Badawi, paving the way for his deputy to take over.

Read full story. Source: BBC News | Asia-Pacific | World Edition

Najib elected leader of ruling party in Malaysia

Posted: 03/26/2009
The deputy prime minister is now a step closer to taking over the government despite accusations that he will crack down on dissent.

Read full story. Source: Asia – Pacific – International Herald Tribune

Malaysian Prime Minister Announces Resignation

Posted: 10/09/2008
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he would step down in March 2009, paving the way for his chosen successor to lead a governing party losing its grip after five decades in power.

Read full story. Source: NYT > International

Malaysian prime minister could quit early

Posted: 09/26/2008
Malaysia’s governing party pledged to allow Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi a “dignified” exit from politics and postponed party leadership elections until March.

Read full story. Source: Asia – Pacific – International Herald Tribune

Malaysia may be on brink of new era

Posted: 09/16/2008
The governing coalition may lose its grip on power to the country’s most famous opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who says he has enough votes to bring down the government and might do so as early as this week.

Read full story. Source: Asia – Pacific – International Herald Tribune

Malaysia’s Anwar claims vote win

Posted: 08/26/2008
The party of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says early results give him a large lead in a crucial by-election.

Read full story. Source: BBC News | World | UK Edition

Malaysian fight

Posted: 08/25/2008
Why a by-election has become a key battle ground

Read full story. Source: BBC News | Asia-Pacific | World Edition

World Briefing | Asia: Malaysia: New Parliament Sworn In

Posted: 04/28/2008
Malaysia’s newly elected lawmakers took the oath of office to join a revamped Parliament that for the first time in 40 years has a huge opposition presence challenging the government’s power.

Read full story. Source: NYT > International

Malaysian Front regrouping after poll shock

Posted: 03/10/2008
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s ruling coalition tried to regroup on Monday after a shocking electoral setback that decimated its ranks and sent markets plunging over the political uncertainties ahead.

Read full story. Source: Reuters: International

Ethnic Fault Lines in Malaysia

Posted: 03/07/2008
Ethnic tensions with minority Chinese and Indians leads to an election setback for Malaysia’s governing coalition.

Read full story. Source: CFR.org – Democracy and Human Rights

Malaysian prime minister at risk in vote

Posted: 03/06/2008
There is widespread agreement that the current governing coalition will win Saturday, but the fate of its leader, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, is less certain.

Read full story. Source: Asia – Pacific – International Herald Tribune

Malaysian prime minister at risk in vote

Posted: 03/06/2008
There is widespread agreement that the current governing coalition will win Saturday, but the fate of its leader, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, is less certain.

Read full story. Source: Asia – Pacific – International Herald Tribune

Malaysia’s Parliamentary Election

Posted: 03/06/2008
This week, the Malaysian Election Commission unexpectedly rescinded a decision to mark voters’ fingers with indelible ink to prevent voter fraud in Saturday’s parliamentary contest. The commission cited concerns of a possible plot to sabotage polls by using smuggled ink to mark unsuspecting voters prior to casting a ballot. The opposition coalition, Alternative Front, led by former deputy prime minister ANWAR Ibrahim condemned the move and claimed it undermined a commitment to fair elections. The governing coalition, National Front, is expected to return to power as it has since Malaysia’s independence in 1957. The opposition is counting on dissatisfaction with Prime Minister ABDULLAH bin Ahmad Badawi to win one-third of parliament’s 222 seats, a fraction necessary to curb the power of the ruling government to amend the constitution.

Source: ElectionGuide

Malaysia sets date for early poll

Posted: 02/13/2008
Malaysia calls a general election for 8 March, more than a year ahead of schedule.

Read full story. Source: BBC News | Asia-Pacific | World Edition

Malaysia Announces General Elections

Posted: 02/13/2008
Malaysia’s Prime Minister ABDULLAH Ahmad Badawi dissolved Parliament on Wednesday, paving the way for snap elections on March 8 to elect the 222-member legislative body, fifteen months ahead of schedule. ABDULLAH, leader of the fourteen-party National Front coalition (Barisan Nasional), will be challenged at the polls by the People’s Justice Party, the Democratic Action Party and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party. Although ABDULLAH’s coalition has governed in Malaysia since independence in 1957, they are expected to win albeit with a reduced majority. In the last general election, the National Front garnered 90 percent of parliamentary seats. Opposition leader and former deputy prime minister ANWAR Ibrahim criticized the timing of the election and accused ABDULLAH of deliberately denying him the opportunity to stand in the election. ANWAR is barred from public office until April for corruption charges. The Election Commission announced that candidates will be nominated on February 24.

Source: ElectionGuide

Malaysia’s Abdullah wins backing

Posted: 06/19/2006
Malaysia’s ruling Umno party backs Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, who faced criticism from his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad.

Read full story. Source: BBC News | World | UK Edition

Malaysia Announces Preliminary Results for General Elections

Posted: 03/23/2004
General elections were held in Malaysia on March 21, and Prime Minister Abdullah BADAWI secured a landslide victory. According to preliminary results, BADAWI’s National Front bloc (BN) secured 195 seats in the 219 member parliament, surpassing the 167 seats needed to form a majority government. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and the Democratic Action Party (DAP) captured 16 seats between them. Final results will not be released until later this week.

Source: ElectionGuide

Malaysia’s Election Commission Issues Draft to Reform Voting System

Posted: 01/21/2003
The Election Commission issued a draft before parliament to reform the voting system within Malaysia. According to the EC, the draft was designed to reduce the amount of ‘phantom voters,’ who cast their ballots outside their constituencies.  If approved, the draft will allow election officials to demand further identification from a voter to prove his or her residence within the electorate.

Source: ElectionGuide

Malaysia Postpones Elections for Umno Supreme Council

Posted: 12/02/2002
On December 1, Prime Minister MAHATHIR announced that elections for the Umno Supreme Council members will be postponed in favor of the country’s general elections in 2003.  According to the government, the postponement will allow the political parties to focus more on the elections and less on the party in-fighting, which has been a major concern in the past years.  However, questions arose as to how the government will conduct the general elections since the Umno members determine which candidates can participate in the elections.  The Umno Supreme Council election will be scheduled in 2004 rather than original date of June 2003.

Source: ElectionGuide

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