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Malaysia PM reckons economic risks may spur election this year

Ismail Sabri says waiting until 2023 could 'backfire' on government

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks with Nikkei Asia and selected media outlets at his office on Aug. 22. (Courtesy of Malaysian Prime Minister's Office)

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- Global economic pressures could accelerate the timeline for Malaysia's next election, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob suggested in an interview on Monday, a year after he took the reins of government.

"If the economy is not going to be good, we cannot drag [the election] until next year or it would backfire on the government," he told Nikkei Asia and other selected international media outlets.

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