30 Jan '11, 3pm

Barisan Nasional wins key by-election

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's ruling coalition Sunday comfortably won a key by-election in its traditional stronghold, amid speculation of snap polls later this year. The vote was called in the semi-rural Tenang constituency in southern Johor state after the death of a state assemblyman from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the dominant party in the Barisan Nasional coalition. The vote pitted the Barisan Nasional's Mohamad Azahar Ibrahim against Normala Sudirman, a rising star within the conservative Islamic Party (PAS). The Election Commission declared Mohamad Azahar winner after he secured 6,699 votes while Normala obtained 2,992. Mohamad Azahar won with a 3,707 majority. Earlier a senior Malaysian opposition politician said Barisan Nasional had won a "comfortable victory" in the by-election which was marred by rain and flash floods. "The initial results showed...

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