16 Apr '11, 5pm

Malaysia ruling coalition maintains grip in Sarawak polls: KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's ruling coalition maintained...

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's ruling coalition maintained its crucial two-thirds majority in a key election in Sarawak state on Saturday but the opposition doubled its seats to 16 after a hard-fought battle. The vote was seen as a test of popularity for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has dished out money for rural development, in what was described by some observers as the most crucial poll since the 2008 general elections. The opposition secured unprecedented gains in the 2008 nationwide polls, seizing five states and a third of parliamentary seats and threatening the Barisan Nasional's (BN) half-century grip on power. Those results forced Najib's predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down. The prime minister hailed BN's win and described victory as a "strong mandate" to rule Sarawak, but he was cagey on the subject of whether he will call snap national polls this year. ...

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