Parliment dissolved today

Updated 14 Feb

Election Commission today fixed Feb 24 as the nomination day with polling day on March 8. That gives 13 days campaign period that runs between nomination day and polling day. The campaign period should not be less than seven days and it was kept short in recent years - nine days in 1999 and eight in 2004.

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What was a no yesterday is a yes for today.

Parliament was dissolved despite Abdullah's statement yesterday that hat there will be no dissolution of Parliament today. In his yesterday's statement, he also denied that today’s Cabinet meeting would be the last with his present team of ministers before Parliament is dissolved.

But things can change overnight in Malaysian politics. In less than 24 hours after his denial to speculations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced the dissolution of Parliament today at 12:34pm at the Prime Minister's Department in Putrajaya. State governments, except Sarawak, advised to dissolve their respective State assemblies to enable the state elections to be held simultaneously.

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