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Malaysia's Muhyiddin wins crucial victory in Sabah state election

Result takes pressure off leadership challenge by Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. His position was strengthened by his coalition's victory in the state of Sabah.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- A coalition formed by parties in Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government won a crucial state election in Sabah on Saturday, easing pressure on the embattled leader who faces a challenge from opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The Muhyiddin-led coalition, Sabah People's Movement, received a mandate from some 1.1 million voters on the Borneo island and crossed the 37 assembly-seat threshold to form the next state government.

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