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Reach the Limit? | by Tomatoskin
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Reach the Limit?

Malaysia's ruling coalition on Saturday suffered its biggest electoral upset ever, losing control of five state governments and more than one-third of parliament in a show of frustration over racial tensions, corruption and inflation.


It was a humiliating outcome for the National Front coalition, which has governed Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957, and raised questions about the political future of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.


At the federal level, the coalition failed to win a two-thirds majority in the 222-seat Parliament for the first time since 1969. Instead it had to be satisfied with a simple majority, winning 139 of the 222 seats.


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Taken on March 8, 2008