Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament for election

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Friday announced the dissolution of parliament for an election that will pose one of the sternest tests of his ruling coalition for 60 years, due to a massive financial scandal and a challenge from his one-time mentor and former leader Mahathir Mohamad.

“I would like to inform the people that I met the king… and sought his permission for parliament to be dissolved on Saturday, April 7,” Najib said on state television.