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Opinion

Mahathir win will reverberate far beyond Malaysia

New government must pursue reform and curb Islamist extremism

| Malaysia
Many younger, better-educated Malaysians supported a more multiracial coalition, offering hope for integrating society. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

They came in cars and buses, they flew in from far and wide clutching bags of overseas ballot papers; they even left hospital beds on wheelchairs. They came to vote, and their choice was clear. "The people won this one," said a young Malaysian researcher on the morning after a historic general election in Malaysia that has not only radically changed the country's political landscape but will have a significant impact on the rest of Southeast Asia.

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