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The 2018 Malaysian General Elections: the return of Mahathir and the exit of UMNO


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Chin, J ORCID: 0000-0003-3631-9913 and Welsh, B 2019 , 'The 2018 Malaysian General Elections: the return of Mahathir and the exit of UMNO' , Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, vol. 37, no. 3 , pp. 3-8 .

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In coming years, 9 May will be regarded a watershed moment in Malaysia’s political history; on the same level as the 13 May 1969 race riots. After 61 years of uninterrupted rule by the Malayan Alliance, and its successor, Barisan Nasional (BN), the governing coalition dominated by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and led by Malaysia’s sixth prime minister Najib Tun Razak lost the 14th General Election. In a devastating defeat, BN lost its majority in the national parliament and only retained two of the 12 state governments contested. BN also recorded its lowest share of the popular vote, capturing only 33.8 per cent (a sharp drop of 13.6 per cent).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chin, J and Welsh, B
Keywords: Malaysia, general election, 14th GE
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1868-1034
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-ND 3.0)

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