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Malaysian coalition retains power, opposition alleges fraud

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Malaysia's ruling coalition retained its 56-year grip on power in hard-fought elections and called for "reconciliation" Monday, as the opposition alleged widespread fraud and refused to concede defeat. 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin applaud after their election win on May 6, 2013. Malaysia's ruling coalition retained its 56-year grip on power in hard-fought elections and called for "reconciliation" Monday, as the opposition alleged widespread fraud and refused to concede defeat.

The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition had faced an unprecedented challenge from an energised opposition, but ceded just two seats in the Sunday ballot to finish with 133 and a firm majority in the 222-member parliament.

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