Malaysia ruling party wins polls

  • Malaysia’s ruling National Front coalition was announced the winner of the country’s election on Sunday with two-thirds of the seats.

    Prime Minister Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional coalition now extends its 56-year rule after passing the required 112 seats in the 222-seat parliament.

    Around 80 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.

    Voters had a choice of the ruling party or choosing opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s new three-party alliance, Pakatan Rakyat.

    Barisan Nasional has been credited with boosting economic growth and political stability but at the same time has also been hit with accusations of corruption.

    Anwar had made allegations of fraud against the party before and during the polls.

    According to the international organization, Human Rights Watch, there had been reports of well-planned attacks against Malaysia’s independent media ahead of the polls.

    Most traditional media outlets in Malaysia are tied to the governing parties.

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