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Q&A Kessler & Beattie / Malaysia Pol / Malaysia's ruling National Front coalition remains in power today (Monday) after Sunday's election, amid growing ethnic polarization in the Southeast Asian nation. Prime Minister Najib Razak's nah-JEEB RAH-zahk governing coalition held 133 seats in the 222-seat parliament, while the opposition coalition of Anwar Ibrahim captured the other 89 seats. On Sunday, Anwar initially refused to concede defeat complaining the country's election commission was complicit in electoral fraud. There were complaints the ink to mark voters could be easily washed off and reports of foreigners flown into the country to cast ballots. Clive Kessler, an emeritus professor at Australia's University of New South Wales, speaking from Kuala Lumpur, tells VOA's Victor Beattie the outcome was not a surprise, but a huge disappointment to the opposition as this was widely viewed at its best chance to end the National Front's grip on power.

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