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Court win strengthens Zahid's hand in push for early election

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KUALA LUMPUR - While internal battles in Umno often portrayed Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as having a tenuous hold on the presidency of Malaysia's longest-ruling party, his court victory over multiple corruption charges on Friday could swing the pendulum in his favour and strengthen his push for early election in 2022.

While still facing another corruption trial that is set to conclude in a few months, Zahid's acquittal by the Malaysian High Court could significantly increase pressure from his allies on Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to call a general election as soon as November.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2022, with the headline Court win strengthens Zahid's hand in push for early election. Subscribe