Malaysia's Najib to dissolve parliament ahead of election

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will dissolve parliament on Wednesday, paving the way for a long-anticipated general election within weeks that could be the closest his ruling coalition has faced in its 56-year rule.
"The king has accepted my request to dissolve parliament effective April 3," Najib said in a live television address from the administrative capital Putrajaya.
Najib's National Front coalition lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority for the first time in 2008 elections and faces a confident three-party opposition alliance led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.