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Malaysia in transition

Ismail Sabri faces brewing tensions over Malaysia election timing

Sources say PM under pressure from within own party to dissolve parliament

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks in parliament last October. His term lasts until August 2023, but observers say he could come under pressure to call polls earlier.   © Malaysia's Department of Information via AP

KUALA LUMPUR -- A rare period of calm in Malaysia's stormy politics may be nearing its end, with sources saying Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob faces growing pressure within his own party to call an election.

Ismail Sabri, 62, is now entering his sixth month in office, after predecessor Muhyiddin Yassin was forced to resign due to a lack of majority support in parliament. The prime minister has signaled his intention to stretch his administration until its term expires in August 2023, according to one well-placed source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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