Prime Minister Najib Razak
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Malaysia election: Meet the National Front

A general election is being held in Malaysia on 5 May, in what is seen as a major test for Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling coalition

The governing party has been in power for a 56-year period, but the opposition has been gaining ground on a pledge to end corruption.

In 2008, the ruling National Front lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority for the first time.

Jonathan Head reports.

This is part one of the BBC's Malaysian election coverage where we look at what is behind the government's 56 years in power.

  • 01 May 2013
  • From the section Asia
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