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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, arrives at his ruling National Front coalition's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Malaysia's ruling coalition took an early lead in results for national elections Sunday after a record number of voters cast ballots, with some choosing to extend the coalition's 56-year rule and others pressing for an unprecedented victory by an opposition that pledges cleaner government. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, arrives at his ruling National Front coalition's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Malaysia's ruling coalition took an early lead in results for national elections Sunday after a record number of voters cast ballots, with some choosing to extend the coalition's 56-year rule and others pressing for an unprecedented victory by an opposition that pledges cleaner government. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
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(AP) Malaysia's long-governing coalition has won national elections to extend its 56 years of unbroken rule, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced.


The Election Commission reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition captured 112 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats to win a simple majority Sunday. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party alliance seized 57 seats. Other races were too close to call.


It was the National Front's 13th consecutive victory in general elections since independence from Britain in 1957. It faced its most unified challenge ever from an opposition that hoped to capitalize on allegations of arrogance, abuse of public funds and racial discrimination against the government.


The Election Commission estimated more than 10 million voted for a record turnout of 80 percent of 13 million registered voters.


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