Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dissolved the parliament in a move apparently aimed at preparing the country for the upcoming general elections.

The prime minister on Wednesday dissolved the parliament to call for Malaysia’s 13th general elections, scheduled for later this month.
During a nationally televised statement, Najib explained that he had received royal consent from the country’s constitutional monarch before dissolving the parliament.

“This morning I met the king and asked for his consent to dissolve the parliament… The king has accepted my request to dissolve the parliament. This dissolution will pave the way for the 13th general election, ” Razak said.

No date has yet been set for the elections as the election commission is expected to meet within a week to decide on a specific date.
Analysts say the premier, who has been prime minister for four years, faces a tough challenge from former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim.
Najib’s National Front coalition has been in power for 56 years. However, the coalition lost its parliamentary majority in 2008.