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Malaysia's Mahathir suffers fourth election defeat for ruling party

Loss at polls suggests deepening cracks in coalition

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends a lunch on sustainable development on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Malaysia's ruling coalition lost its fourth electoral contest on Saturday since coming to power last May, uncovering deepening cracks in the young alliance mired by uncertainty over a succession plan for its top leadership.

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