KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Friday (Apr 6) that parliament will be dissolved on Saturday, paving the way for the country’s 14th general election.
“I would like to inform the people that I met the king… and sought his permission for parliament to be dissolved on Saturday, Apr 7,” Najib said on state television.
The date of the vote, which now must be held within 60 days, will be announced later by the Election Commission.
Najib’s United Malay National Organisation party has led every Barisan Nasional coalition since Malaysia gained independence from British rule in 1957.
Najib only narrowly won the last election in 2013 after losing the popular vote to an opposition bloc, now led by 92-year-old former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
More to follow.