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Thousands rally in Malaysia to demand resignation of Election Commission

Published on Jun 22, 2013 7:04 PM
 
About 20,000 Malaysian opposition supporters gathered in the capital on Saturday, June 22, 2013, demanding the resignation of the country's Election Commission in the wake of contentious polls. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - About 20,000 Malaysian opposition supporters gathered in the capital on Saturday demanding the resignation of the country's Election Commission in the wake of contentious polls.

The opposition claims bias by the commission cost them a historic win against Malaysia's 56-year-old ruling coalition and has filed petitions challenging results in some areas, claiming fraud.

The rally in central Kuala Lumpur was the 15th since the May 5 elections, in which the Barisan Nasional (BN) clung to power despite losing the popular vote in its worst showing ever.

"We have won the elections," opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim told the crowd. "So we will continue our protests in parliament and outside."

 
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