06 Mar '11, 2pm

Malaysian government victorious in special polls: KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA'S ruling coalition has won special ele...

Malaysian government victorious in special polls: KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA'S ruling coalition has won special ele...

Candidate for the ruling National Front coalition, Roslan Ahmad, celebrates after winning the Merlimau state seat by-election in Merlimau 200 km (124 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur March 6, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA'S ruling coalition has won special elections to fill two legislative seats in another sign of rising support ahead of national polls expected within a year. The by-elections may be the last electoral test in peninsular Malaysia before Prime Minister Najib Razak calls for general elections. The National Front ruling coalition's mandate expires in mid-2013, but Mr Najib is expected to hold elections by early 2012. The coalition's triumph over opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance in Sunday's balloting had been widely expected because the two state legislature seats are in government strongholds. Nevertheless, the margin of vic...

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