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Malaysian prime minister's fate hangs on Sabah election

Outcome of state legislative contest could lead to snap federal polls

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves before his cabinet announcement in Putrajaya, Malaysia on March 9, 2020. Local elections in the state of Sabah on Saturday are poised to affect his political future. (Source photos by Screenshot from Google map and Reuters)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Over 1.1 million voters in the East Malaysian state of Sabah choose representatives for their state assembly on Saturday in a local election with potentially far-reaching ramifications for Malaysia's embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin, who is believed to have lost a parliamentary majority to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, is facing the first gut check of his seven-month-old administration with the vote on the island of Borneo.

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