Malaysia ruling coalition loses ground to rivals: Early results | News


The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition trailing behind opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim’s coalition and alliance led by ex-PM Muhyiddin Yassin.

Early polls in Malaysia’s hotly contested normal election point out a decent race between a coalition led by former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim’s multiracial coalition.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s ruling Barisan Nasional coalition – which is dominated by his United Malays Nationwide Organisation (UMNO) social gathering – suffered upsets in a number of seats in an obvious swing of assist to Muhyiddin’s Malay-based Perikatan Nasional, or Nationwide Alliance.

As of 18:00 GMT, the election fee had introduced outcomes for 150 of the 222 parliamentary seats. Opposition chief Anwar’s Alliance led with 50 seats, whereas Muhyiddin’s alliance was a detailed second at 48 seats.

The Corruption-tainted Barisan Nasional coalition, which dominated Malaysia since its independence from Britain till 2018, may nonetheless return to energy relying on post-election alliances.

Amongst key election losers have been former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who at 97 is main a separate Malay motion. Mahathir got here in fourth in a five-way struggle in his long-held constituency within the vacation resort island of Langkawi, the election fee stated.

As Malaysians headed out to vote in a rustic that has seen three prime ministers in as a few years, opinion polls have been forecasting Anwar’s alliance would take essentially the most seats in parliament however would fail to succeed in the bulk wanted to type a authorities.

However Muhyiddin’s new alliance, which features a Malay-centric conservative social gathering and an Islamist social gathering that has touted Islamic legislation, made robust positive factors.

Former Malaysia Prime Minister and Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Noorainee Abdul Rahman
Former Malaysia Prime Minister and Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin and his spouse Noorainee Abdul Rahman solid vote through the normal election at Muar in Johor, Malaysia, on Saturday [Malaysian Department of Information/Nazri Rapaai/Handout via Reuters]

Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional was a junior accomplice in Ismail’s coalition authorities. If the result’s shut, the 2 may come collectively once more to dam Anwar.

If Anwar clinches the highest job, it might cap a exceptional journey for a politician who, in 25 years, has gone from inheritor obvious to the premiership to a prisoner convicted of sodomy, to the nation’s main opposition determine.

Supporters of Perikatan Nasional watch a video stream for live results of Malaysia's 15th general election at a hotel in Shah Alam, Malaysia
Supporters of Perikatan Nasional watch a video stream for reside outcomes of Malaysia’s fifteenth normal election at a resort in Shah Alam, Malaysia on November 19, 2022 [Lai Seng Sin/Reuters]

A minimum of 70 p.c of Malaysia’s 21.1 million eligible voters had solid their ballots by 4pm native Pacific Time (08:00 GMT), the election fee stated. It has not given the ultimate tally.

Voter turnout within the earlier election was one of many highest at 82 p.c, however given the larger pool of voters on this ballot, Saturday’s turnout had already surpassed the prior election by practically 2 million voters.

Greater turnouts sometimes are likely to favour the opposition.

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