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Malaysia election

Malaysia's Perak becomes key election battleground for PM hopefuls

Big players like Anwar and Zahid running in the northern state

Anwar Ibrahim, left, leader of the Hope Pact opposition coalition and UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are both fighting for seats in the Malaysian state of Perak. (Source photos by AP)

TAMBUN, Malaysia -- Malaysia's northern state of Perak has become a key battleground in Malaysia's Nov. 19 general election for reasons ranging from its large number of parliamentary seats to the fact that national and local elections are happening at the same time.

But the most important reason is that the state has two prime minister hopefuls contesting in the general election.

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