Former Malaysian Prime Minister Leads Party to Landslide Victory in State Elections

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led his party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and its allies, to a landslide victory in the Malacca elections, with the UMNO-led Bali San Nacional (BN) coalition in 28 states in November. I won 21 of the seats. 20.

UMNO won 18 of the 28 seats, and the BN Alliance’s allies won 3 seats. Rival coalitions Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional (PN) have won five and two seats, respectively.

Malacca was initially governed by the PN-BN coalition, but after four lawmakers declared that the state’s former Prime Minister, Slyman Ali, was not confident, the coalition collapsed and state elections began. rice field.

Malacca Governor Ali Rustam has agreed to dissolve the Legislature on October 5. Then, under Malaysian law, elections must be held within 60 days of dissolution.

Voter turnout is the lowest in state elections, with an overall turnout of 65.85%, or a total turnout of 328,068, well below the Election Commission’s goal of 70%.

Faced with a series of alleged corruption, Najib is actively leading the UMNO campaign, despite not competing for seats.

“I slept very well after the news of the victory was reported last night,” Najib said. Facebook videoFollowing UMNO’s victory in the Malacca elections, we thank Malacca voters for supporting him and his party.

Last year, the former president was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of all seven charges related to the $ 10 million misappropriation of the now abolished former unit of 1MDB, the SRC International Fund. He was fined $ 50 million.

Najib was beaten on charges of three criminal charges, one abuse of power, and three money laundering charges. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied any misconduct.

The scandal contributed to the expulsion of the UMNO party, which has led Malaysia since its independence in 1957. The party was banished in the 2018 elections by the reformist alliance of opposition leader Ibrahim Anwar.

The Anwar alliance collapsed last year after Muhyiddin Yassin withdrew the Bersatu Party and established a new government with UMNO, the Malaysian Islamic Party, and several others.

Muhyiddin was forced to resign in August due to the fighting, and Muhyiddin’s adjutant Ismail Sabri Yaakob took office and regained control of the UMNO.

The two major parties of the ruling alliance, UMNO and Bersatu, are heads of loggerhead turtles, but have agreed to share power until the next general election.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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