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Malaysia's election reaches final countdown
Najib Razak and Anwar Ibrahim make their final push for votes as campaigns head into final days.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Days ahead of polls opening on Sunday May 5, the country's two leading contenders for power are slugging it out in a final push for votes.

Prime Minister Najib Razak is attempting to fight off a challenge from long-term opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, as the race tightens in its final hours.

Meeting hundreds of voters, each candidate has been trying to overcome what has been termed a "culture of scandal" that has permeated domestic politics.

Najib has vehemently denied links to the 2006 murder of a Mongolian translator, while Anwar has had to make a comeback from a six-year spell in prison for "sodomy", after being accused of having a homosexual affair.

But as the campaigns draw to a close, each man has focused on energising their core supporters and encouraging voters to turn out at the ballots on Sunday.


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Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim relaxes with his family before the final stretch of the election campaign. He is pictured here with his daughter, Nurul Izzah, her husband and their two children.


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A motorcycle convoy carried flags of the People's Justice Party (front) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (rear) - two parts of the People's Pact alliance, a coalition under Anwar's leadership.


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Nik Aziz is the spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, part of Anwar's People's Pact coalition. At one merchandise stall at the coalition's electoral rally, his face was emblazoned upon car air fresheners.


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Anwar listens to speeches at the rally, while an aide has a quiet word with the opposition leader.


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Anwar speaks to the enraptured crowd, as many capture the moment for posterity.


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A young Anwar supporter listens attentively.


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Anwar was mobbed by supporters and media as he met members of the crowd.


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Prime Minister Najib Razak has widespread support for his re-election bid.


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Najib's rally drew wide support in Wangsa Maju, a suburb of capital Kuala Lumpur, where the prime minister is expected to perform well in polls.


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Entering the venue, Najib was quickly surrounded by supporters and staff.


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The dinner for supporters of the prime minister (centre) was well attended, with hundreds standing to sing the national anthem, Negaraku ["My Country"].


Tommi Chu/Al Jazeera
Najib addressed the crowd using his '1Malaysia' platform - a government promotion of national unity.


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Party officials presented Najib joined him on stage as the speech ended to rapturous applause.


Tommi Chu/Al Jazeera
The rallies were among the last in this election campaign, which wraps up as voters head to the polls on Sunday.



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Malaysia election campaigns' final stretchhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretchen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Fri, 03 May 2013 11:49:40 GMTFri, 03 May 2013 13:54:27 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=02ki64V7aFemHOpposition leader Anwar Ibrahim relaxes with his family before the final stretch of the election campaign. He is pictured here with his daughter, Nurul Izzah, her husband and their two children.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=02ki64V7aFemHEric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesOpposition leader Anwar Ibrahim relaxes with his family before the final stretch of the election campaign. He is pictured here with his daughter, Nurul Izzah, her husband and their two children. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=0158bFNck68nxA motorcycle convoy carried flags of the People's Justice Party (front) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (rear) - two parts of the People's Pact alliance, a coalition under Anwar's leadership.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=0158bFNck68nxEric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA motorcycle convoy carried flags of the People's Justice Party (front) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (rear) - two parts of the People's Pact alliance, a coalition under Anwar's leadership. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=05m47lZbfmdEKNik Aziz is the spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, part of Anwar's People's Pact coalition. At one merchandise stall at the coalition's electoral rally, his face was emblazoned upon car air fresheners.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=05m47lZbfmdEKEric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesNik Aziz is the spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, part of Anwar's People's Pact coalition. At one merchandise stall at the coalition's electoral rally, his face was emblazoned upon car air fresheners. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=06cb00ueXH3kyAnwar listens to speeches at the rally, while an aide has a quiet word with the opposition leader.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=06cb00ueXH3kyEric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAnwar listens to speeches at the rally, while an aide has a quiet word with the opposition leader. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=03v63Vvcsm1gEAnwar speaks to the enraptured crowd, as many capture the moment for posterity.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=03v63Vvcsm1gEEric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAnwar speaks to the enraptured crowd, as many capture the moment for posterity. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=0fOq31O7lX2zuA young Anwar supporter listens attentively.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=0fOq31O7lX2zuEric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA young Anwar supporter listens attentively. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=07kMbbZa5D3V6Anwar was mobbed by supporters and media as he met members of the crowd.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=07kMbbZa5D3V6Eric ChowAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAnwar was mobbed by supporters and media as he met members of the crowd. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=00oOgZwbZ2awWPrime Minister Najib Razak has widespread support for his re-election bid.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=00oOgZwbZ2awWTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesPrime Minister Najib Razak has widespread support for his re-election bid. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=08dUd0J2R6cRRNajib's rally drew wide support in Wangsa Maju, a suburb of capital Kuala Lumpur, where the prime minister is expected to perform well in polls.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=08dUd0J2R6cRRTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesNajib's rally drew wide support in Wangsa Maju, a suburb of capital Kuala Lumpur, where the prime minister is expected to perform well in polls. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=01vm6LBewA67bEntering the venue, Najib was quickly surrounded by supporters and staff.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=01vm6LBewA67bTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesEntering the venue, Najib was quickly surrounded by supporters and staff. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=05uUaFUfGd13CThe dinner for supporters of the prime minister (centre) was well attended, with hundreds standing to sing the national anthem, Negaraku ["My Country"].Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=05uUaFUfGd13CTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe dinner for supporters of the prime minister (centre) was well attended, with hundreds standing to sing the national anthem, Negaraku ["My Country"]. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=05FBd7V0Kg5DONajib addressed the crowd using his '1Malaysia' platform - a government promotion of national unity.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=05FBd7V0Kg5DOTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesNajib addressed the crowd using his '1Malaysia' platform - a government promotion of national unity. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=0e0HfUh0XsdZCParty officials presented Najib joined him on stage as the speech ended to rapturous applause.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=0e0HfUh0XsdZCTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesParty officials presented Najib joined him on stage as the speech ended to rapturous applause. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=07Ny15l9OScFmThe rallies were among the last in this election campaign, which wraps up as voters head to the polls on Sunday.Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Malaysia-election-campaigns%27-final-stretch?image_id=07Ny15l9OScFmTommi ChuAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe rallies were among the last in this election campaign, which wraps up as voters head to the polls on Sunday.

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