Malaysia polls close with ruling party, Anwar in close race

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Voting closed in Malaysia on Saturday with jailed ex-leader Najib Razak’s scandal-hit ruling party seeking to cement its power in a tight race with Anwar Ibrahim’s coalition. The popular opposition leader campaigned on a promise to fight corruption in Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy where people are struggling with soaring food prices. There were long lines at polling centres across the country despite concerns about monsoon rains, and the voters AFP spoke to said they hoped for political stability and economic improvement. “I want a strong government and a stable economy so that there …

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