Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament on Wednesday, calling a general election that will determine whether his ruling coalition extends its unbroken hold on power since independence in 1957.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to dissolve parliament, paving the way for a long-anticipated general election, in this still image taken from video shot for a live television address, at the administrative capital Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur, April 3, 2013. (Reuters Photo)
Under Malaysian law the election must be held within 60 days of the dissolution of the legislature. The Election Commission will meet in a few days to announce a date for the poll, spokesman Sabri Said said in a text message to Bloomberg news agency.
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