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Would a Victorious Najib Remake Malaysia into Turkey?

Malaysia's Prime Minister and president of ruling party National Front, Najib Razak gestures as he speaks during the launch of its manifesto for the upcoming general elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 7, 2018. Lai Seng Sin/Reuters

May 7, 2018

Malaysia's Prime Minister and president of ruling party National Front, Najib Razak gestures as he speaks during the launch of its manifesto for the upcoming general elections in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 7, 2018. Lai Seng Sin/Reuters
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On May 9, Malaysians will go to the polls in the first national elections since 2013. Prime Minister Najib tun Razak and his allies appear poised for victory on May 9, though the race is close. And if he wins, the prime minister could potentially transform Malaysia, which has been a semi-authoritarian state with some degree of the rule of law, into an Erdogan-style autocracy. For more on how Najib might remake Malaysia, see my new Washington Post article.

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