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Ruling party leads in Malaysia vote

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Officials in Malaysia counted votes in an election that will determine whether Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling coalition can fend off a resurgent opposition and extend its 55-year hold on power. 

As of 10.00pm (Malaysia time), Najib's Barisan Nasional won 25 seats with Anwar Ibrahim’s three-party opposition alliance taking six among the 222 up for grabs, according to the state-run Bernama news agency. Most of those were in Sarawak state, a government stronghold on Borneo island.

Najib has pushed Malaysia's 29 million people to choose him for stability as his opponents sought to remove a government that has ruled the country since it gained independence from Britain. A disputed outcome risks uncertainty that analysts have warned could prompt investors to sell stocks and the currency in Southeast Asia’s third-biggest economy.

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