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Controversial Malaysian detention powers approved

A controversial Malaysian government move to give authorities power to hold people for years without charge was headed for parliamentary approval after the lower house passed it early Thursday. The move by Prime Minister Najib Razak's long-ruling coalition has sparked an uproar by the opposition and activists who denounce it as a step back toward the tough authoritarian rule that Najib had pledged to end.

Malaysian PM gets party nod to stay in power

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak faced down a threat to his leadership after nominations closed Saturday without anybody contesting his presidency of the ruling party, officials said. His government suffered its worst performance ever in May elections, prompting speculation that former leader Mahathir Mohamad, who continues to be highly influential in Najib's party, would back a challenger for the presidency of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

Malaysian PM Najib entrenches race-based policies

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak announced steps on Saturday to further boost the economic participation of the ethnic Malay majority, entrenching race-based policies seen as shoring up Malay support ahead of a key ruling party meeting. The measures include privatizing some government services and granting more government-related contracts to firms owned by ethnic Malays, known as Bumiputeras or "sons of the soil".

Malaysia extends controversial affirmative action

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday announced fresh measures to benefit the country's ethnic Malay majority despite an earlier pledge to reform the controversial affirmative action policy. Analysts said the announcement, made live on national television, aimed to rally Najib's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) ahead of party elections but could hurt an already slowing economy.

Bitter election creates long-term headache for Malaysia's Najib

By Niluksi Koswanage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's divisive election has left a bitter taste for millions of people that risks creating a long-term problem of legitimacy for Prime Minister Najib Razak's long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. The outrage was clear at a busy intersection across from one of Kuala Lumpur's fanciest shopping malls, where a huge poster of Najib and his deputy had been defaced -- a rare display of public disrespect in the Southeast Asian nation.

Support for Najib falls ahead of election: poll

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Support for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak fell among all the country's main racial groups in an opinion poll, signaling the tough fight he faces in an election in the Southeast Asian country on Sunday.

PM sworn in as opposition protests Malaysia poll

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak began a second term Monday after the coalition which has ruled for 56 years held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days' time to protest at a victory he said was achieved via the "worst electoral fraud in our history" and which saw the ruling camp win with a minority of the vote.

PM sworn in as opposition protests Malaysia poll

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak began a second term Monday after the coalition which has ruled for 56 years held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days' time to protest at a victory he said was achieved via the "worst electoral fraud in our history" and which saw the ruling camp win with a minority of the vote.

PM sworn in as opposition protests 'stolen' Malaysia poll

Prime Minister Najib Razak was sworn in for a second term by Malaysia's king on Monday, after his 56-year-old ruling coalition retained power in elections branded as fraudulent by the opposition. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a rally in two days' time to protest at a victory which he said was achieved via the "worst electoral fraud in our history". The coalition that has ruled since independence in 1957 held off a spirited opposition challenge to retain a firm parliamentary majority in elections widely forecast to be the biggest-ever threat to the ruling bloc.

Najib: Malaysia's mystery man earns a mandate

Prime Minister Najib Razak stands on firmer ground after gaining his first mandate in weekend elections after years of walking a tightrope between voters demanding change and resistant hardliners. The UK-educated economist with a patrician air took office after the ruling party dumped his predecessor over a 2008 parliamentary election performance that was the government's worst in its now-56 years in power.
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