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Malaysia's Anwar faces sodomy accuser in election

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Anwar Ibrahim's detractors 'are out to embarrass him in any little way they can,' says the head of an independent polling firm

MALAYSIA'S ANWAR. In this file photo, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is the guest speaker of the MAP 2018 CEO Conference held at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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May 13, 2018 - 11:41 AM

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Malaysia king to pardon opposition's Anwar, paving way for return to politics

May 11, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad has previously said he would likely remain prime minister for two to 3 years, before transferring power to Anwar Ibrahim

ANWAR. Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim immediately, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says on May 11, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as world's oldest leader

May 10, 2018 - 8:23 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir's opposition alliance scores a shock win at the polls to break the grip on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has governed Malaysia uninterrupted since its birth as an independent country in 1957

HE'S BACK. Former Malaysian prime minister and winning opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (center) speaks to journalists while flanked by Wan Azizah (left), the wife of jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and Democratic Action Party (DAP) party leader Lim Guan Eng during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Malaysia's elderly ex-strongman makes stunning return to power

May 10, 2018 - 2:04 PM

In a win that overturns decades of dominance by the country's main coalition, Mahathir has secured an unlikely second act in the twilight of his political career

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition's candidate Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the media following the 14th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance led by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was making early gains in May 9 hard-fought election against the long-ruling coalition, according to unofficial tallies. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

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May 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Malaysia's Mahathir expects to be sworn in within hours

May 10, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad called for his inauguration to take place by 5 pm on Thursday, May 10

VOTING. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Malaysia PM 'accepts people's will' after shock election loss

May 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) But Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak does not make a clear concession, adding that it is up to the nation's king to decide who will become the next prime minister as no single party won a majority parliament

'VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir wins shock election victory

May 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Mahathir Mohamad's opposition alliance ends the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an independent country in 1957

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has won a historic election victory, official results showed on May 10, ending the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces ex-mentor in election

May 09, 2018 - 8:21 AM

(UPDATED) As polls opened, some opposition leaders claimed their phones were flooded with spam calls from abroad to hamper their communications

ELECTIONS. This general view of a classroom taken on May 8, 2018 shows a voting center on the eve of the 14th general election in Pekan, Pahang. Malaysia's 14th general election will be held on May 9. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Mud-slinging, sabotage as Malaysia gears up for polls

May 07, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Najib's ruling coalition has governed Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957 but is facing a tough test at the polls due to a challenge from a former insider – veteran ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad – and the 1MDB financial scandal

NAJIB AND MAHATHIR. File photo of Najib Razak by Mohd Rasfan/AFP. Mahathir Mohamad screenshot from Rappler video.

Malaysia's Mahathir being probed for 'fake news'

May 03, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Kuala Lumpur police say a report has been lodged accusing Malaysian opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad of spreading 'fake news' under a controversial new law

FAKE NEWS? Feteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, is seeking to oust his former protege, Prime Minister Najib Razak, in the general election. Screenshot from Rappler video

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as poll battle starts

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The 11-day campaign is formally under way, with 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination center in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Ruling party retains seat in Malaysian by-election

Jul 25, 2013 - 10:05 AM

Malaysia s ruling party retained a state seat in the first by election since May s controversial general election

Clash looms over Malaysian opposition rally

May 08, 2013 - 9:36 AM

UPDATE Malaysian police have declared illegal a rally planned for Wednesday night May 8 by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to protest against election results

Najib sworn in as opposition protests 'stolen' Malaysia poll

May 06, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days time to protest at a victory which he said was achieved via the worst electoral fraud in our history

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Opposition to fight 'stolen' Malaysia poll result - Anwar

May 06, 2013 - 2:23 PM

UPDATE Anwar Ibrahim said Monday May 6 his Malaysian opposition planned to contest the results of a bitter weekend election battle

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia ruling regime wins polls

May 06, 2013 - 1:10 AM

UPDATE Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the polls were tainted by fraud and refused to concede; Najib wins with a minority of popular vote

Record turnout in historic Malaysia polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Millions of Malaysians voted on Sunday May 5 with one of the world s longest serving governments under serious threat from an upstart opposition

HISTORIC VOTE. Malaysian voters queue to cast their votes during the country's 13th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 5, 2013. Malaysians vote in their first election in history with a change of government at stake, as a decades-old regime battles to hold off a hard-charging opposition pledging sweeping reform. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Key issues, players and facts in Malaysia election

May 05, 2013 - 9:57 AM

Following are key electoral facts players and issues surrounding the Malaysian general elections

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysia decides in high-stakes polls

May 05, 2013 - 7:46 AM

UPDATE Malaysians have keenly awaited the vote ever since 2008 polls when the opposition made unprecedented gains against the once invincible coalition in power since 1957

Malaysia's clean-polls pledge smudged by ink flap

May 01, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Some camps say the integrity of weekend elections was in doubt after revelations that indelible ink meant to prevent fraud was easily washed off

Malaysia braces for its closest election ever

Apr 30, 2013 - 11:29 AM

Analyst: It s going to be really close I think UMNO will win but with a reduced majority But there is a real chance Pakatan might do it

Anwar photo: AFP/Saeed Khan; Najib photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan

Malaysian election violence spikes: police

Apr 24, 2013 - 11:38 AM

A total of 387 incidents were reported in the first three days of the two week campaign and at least 15 people have been arrested over the violence

Facing polls, Malaysian PM to skip ASEAN summit

Apr 19, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Malaysia s May 5 polls are expected to be the closest in the nation s history