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Blue wave sweeps across Sarawak, Adenan sworn in

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S'WAK POLLS BN has managed to smash through the two-thirds majority barrier in the Sarawak election today and returned to power with a super-majority.

BN captured 72 seats out of the 82-seat state legislative assembly, a result better than most have expected.

Sarawak BN chairperson Adenan Satem, 72, was sworn in as chief minister at the state governor's palace Astana in Kuching following the landslide win tonight.

Meanwhile, DAP was defeated in all the bumiputera seats it contested and lost five of the 12 urban seats it held.

On the other hand, PKR succeeded in defending all three of its seats and appears to have made some inroads in the Dayak heartland, though not enough to capture new seats.

PAS and its splinter party, Amanah, lost all their contested seats in Sarawak.

The opposition had earlier hoped to deny BN the two-thirds majority but a swing of Chinese voters to the ruling coalition and infighting among its ranks put paid to its plans.

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