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The BBC's Frances Harrison in Kuala Lumpur
"A triumphant win"
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The BBC's Frances Harrison in Kuala Lumpur
"Supporters broke into song when they learned the prime minister had retained his seat"
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Thursday, 2 December, 1999, 17:58 GMT
Malaysia's snap election: Special report




The result



Mahathir secures fifth term
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is swept back into power with a resounding majority, but significant gains by the opposition take the shine off his election victory.

Also:

  • Analysis: Victory with sting in the tail for Mahathir
  • Analysis: Taking stock
  • Eyewitness: Decision day
  • Was the poll free and fair?

    Click here to see the new political map of peninsular Malaysia



    The candidates



  • Mahathir: Malaysia's strongman After 18 years in office and already South-east Asia's longest-serving leader, Dr Mahathir has shown no sign that he is willing to throw in the towel.

  • Wan Azizah: Opposition torch-bearer
  • Party guide: The opposition alliance



    The Mahathir record



  • The Sinatra Principle
    Unlike other countries in the region, Malaysia did not seek financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund: Dr Mahathir ran the economy his way.

  • Malaysia's much-maligned media



    The Anwar case



  • Trial of the century
    The trial of Malaysia's former Deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, was a dramatic chapter in Malaysian politics. It could yet prove to have been a decisive one.

  • A crisis unfolds: Anwar trial timeline



  • The new political map of Malaysia

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