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Najib announces Parliament to be dissolved tomorrow, next stop - GE14

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BREAKING NEWS | Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has announced that Parliament will be dissolved tomorrow, paving the way for the 14th general election.

The announcement, made from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in Putrajaya, comes three days after Najib celebrated his ninth anniversary in office, was broadcast live on RTM this afternoon.

This general election, which has been described as the mother of all elections, must be called by the Election Commission within 60 days after the dissolution of Parliament.

Earlier, Bernama reported that Najib's official car was seen entering the Perdana Putra building premises, which houses the PMO, about 8.40am.

Prior to that, the vehicles carrying Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other cabinet ministers were seen entering the grounds for the weekly cabinet meeting.

Photographers and journalists have been waiting outside the Putra Perdana building, as well as at Istana Negara, in anticipation of Najib meeting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the dissolution, from as early as 7am.

The 14th general election has been called in the aftermath of a redelineation exercise that has been marred with allegations of gerrymandering to benefit BN.

This time, Najib will face the Pakatan Harapan federal opposition pact led by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is touted to make a comeback as its prime minister candidate.

Even with their attempts for Harapan to be registered as a formal coalition rejected by the Registrar of Societies (ROS), all candidates from Harapan parties will still enter the battle using one logo and Mahathir is expected to announce the formal decision in Pasir Gudang, Johor, tonight.

This also comes as the ROS moved to slap Bersatu with a temporary provisional dissolution order on grounds of alleged failure to submit various unidentified requested documents.

In the peninsula, three-cornered battles are expected in a majority of the parliamentary and state seats as PAS has broken ranks with the federal opposition since GE13 and announced its intention to fight both BN as well as Harapan.

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