Malaysia: Mahathir declares unofficial victory for opposition
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Malaysia: Mahathir declares unofficial victory for opposition

MALAYSIA’S opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan (PH) have claimed an unofficial victory in Malaysia’s crucial general election, according to opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The 92-year-old prime ministerial candidate made the declaration of victory over ruling Barisan Nasional late on Wednesday at an official PH press conference in Petaling Jaya.

“From our unofficial count, they are left far behind and BN will not form the govt,” he told reporters.

“Unofficially we have captured 4 states: Selangor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, and Johor.”

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Dr Mahathir claimed at last count, the pact had captured at least 112 out of the total 222 parliamentary seats.

To win federal power with a simple majority, a party has to secure 112 seats.

He also accused the Election Commission of deliberately refraining from signing off on the polls outcome.

“No further announcement of results… EC officers refuse sign Form 14. Hanky-panky is being done to frustrate the wishes of the people. This is not fake news.”

“SPR should come to their senses.”

Form 14 is the official statement of the final vote count. It is issued by the presiding officer from the EC and is to be signed by the counting agent.

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When questioned if he thought Najib would declare a state of emergency, Mahathir said that Malaysians were not violent people and he would hope that the caretaker prime minister would not see it necessary to take such as action.

If Mahathir proves to be correct, it would be the first change in government in 60 years in Malaysia where the ruling coalition has remained in power since independence.

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