Malaysian PM calls elections

Vote tests popularity amid complaints over inflation, crime and ethnic tensions.

    Abdullah said an election date would be announced shortly by Malaysia's election commission [AP]

    Abdullah told reporters that the ruling Barisan Naional coalition hopes to retain a two-thirds majority of the 222 seats up for grabs at the polls.


    The election follows a series of rare public protests by groups accusing the government of introducing unfair election laws and by ethnic Indians alleging discrimination.


    The government has taken a firm line against such protests, saying they risk undermining Malaysia's multi-ethnic balance and ordering police to use water cannon and tear gas to break up demonstrations.


    An election date is expected to be announced shortly by Malaysia's election commission.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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