KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s long-governing coalition won national elections Sunday to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process.
The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s National Front coalition captured 127 of Malaysia’s 222 parliamentary seats to win a majority Sunday. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party alliance seized 77 seats.
It was the National Front’s 13th consecutive win in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957. It faced its most unified challenge ever from an opposition hoping to capitalize on claims of arrogance, abuse of public funds, and racial discrimination against the government.
Though it retained power, the National Front is weaker than it was at its peak in 2004, when it won 90 percent of the seats in Parliament.