Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak dissolves Parliament to pave the way for Malaysia's 13th general election.
PUTRAJAYA: After keeping the country in suspense for more than a year, Parliament was today dissolved to pave way for the 13th general election.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced today that he met the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to obtain consent on the dissolution of Parliament, this morning and the King has consented to the request.
Najib made the announcement in a live telecast address, beamed nationwide from here. Also present was his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.
As such, all Barisan Nasional-held State Legislative Assemblies would apply for dissolution to ensure a simultaneous parliamentary and state assembly election.
With the dissolution of Parliament, the EC will now meet soon to set the nomination and polling dates of the national polls.
The announcement puts an end to speculation of the date of the polls over the last 18 months.
It is learnt that the EC would announce the nomination and polling dates this week or latest by early next week.
FMT also learnt that Cabinet ministers had their group photo taken prior to the Cabinet meeting today.
Both sides of the political divide are confident of capturing more than half of the 222 parliamentary seats at stake.
At the last election, the ruling coalition produced one of its worst election performances losing its long held two-thirds majority in Parliament, and at the same time losing four state government to Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact made up of PKR, DAP and PAS.
The election result forced then prime minister and Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to vacate his seat.
The 13th general election will be the first election for Najib as Prime Minister.