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Malaysia holds key state elections: 5 things to know

About 10 million voters will cast ballots on Saturday in six states

Motorcyclists pass by campaign flags ahead of the state election in Selangor, Malaysia on Aug. 9.   © AP

KUALA LUMPUR -- Around 10 million Malaysians head to polls on Saturday to elect lawmakers for state assemblies.

The Southeast Asian country has been in political turmoil since 2020, when a number of lawmakers left established political parties to form a new government. The moves disrupted the old order and since then, Malaysia has had three prime ministers. The political landscape has settled somewhat since the formation of a unity government following the 2022 general election.

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