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Mahathir, Anwar and the Islamist threat

Malaysia must see full recovery of democracy, or risk ethnic and religious strife

| Malaysia
Mahathir's supporters celebrated his election victory, but can he meet their expectations?   © Reuters

Malaysia's recent national elections either announced a new dawn or they simply mark the beginning of another dark and difficult time in the country's much-contested political story.

The great rush of recently unimaginable events over the last two weeks -- when seemingly immovable structures and obstacles crumbled -- suggest bright days are in sight for the Southeast Asian nation.

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