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US Recognizes Malaysia Vote despite Concerns

7 May 2013

The United States has recognized Malaysia’s election result, despite opposition claims of irregularities in the vote. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the US looked forward to working with the government to be formed by Prime Minister Najib Razak after his coalition returned to power after winning Sunday’s parliamentary elections with a diminished majority and despite losing the popular vote. Ventrell told reporters in Washington on Monday that the US was aware of concerns about voting irregularities and noted the opposition parties faced significant restrictions on access to the media.—AP

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