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Signs of trouble in Malaysia’s vote

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared before the media on Monday to acknowledge that his coalition had won general elections for the 13th time in a row, but he sounded more somber than victorious.

The National Front coalition’s victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections despite losing the popular vote has not only exposed the entrenched racial divide in the country but also a new schism — between the rural poor who preferred the status quo and the urban middle-class who wanted change.

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