Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the dissolution of parliament on Friday, paving way for the next general election in which he is seeking another mandate.
In a speech delivered after a special cabinet meeting, Najib said he has already acquired the consent of the King to dissolve the parliament.
The date of polling day is yet to be announced by the Election Commission of Malaysia.
Normally, a general election should be held within 60 days after the dissolution of the parliament.
For the past six decades after Malaysia’s independence, the United Malays National Organization, the party which Najib serves as president, has won every election together with the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
This time, Najib is facing the challenge of 92-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who quit the United Malays National Organization in 2016 and later joined the opposition alliance.