Two-party system taking shape

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Following its big gains in the Mar. 8 polls,
Malaysia’s once disparate opposition, led by the charismatic former
deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, has forged a formal coalition
capable of taking on the ruling 14-party National Front (NF) coalition.

The
move is hailed by pro-democracy activists as the first step in the
creation of a viable two-party political system, probably the first
stable, working system in South-east Asia, observes Baradan Kuppusamy in this analysis for IPS.



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