Malaysia leader hopes to call elections 'soon'

January 13, 2012
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he hopes to call elections soon, according to a report released Thursday (January 12th).

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    Speculation arose over when Najib would announce the poll – which must be conducted by spring 2013 – after the acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges.

    Najib said he will deliver on a promise to introduce more democratic reforms, probably beginning in March.

    "I hope it will be the right time soon enough [to call elections]…It's important for people to have the feeling that the reforms we have promised will actually benefit them," Najib said in an interview with Dow Jones.

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