Barisan Nasional

The Barisan Nasional ( Malay for National Front, abbreviated BN) is a political coalition of 13 parties currently in Malaysia.

The Coalition was founded in 1973 by Abdul Razak, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, as the successor to the Alliance, he stopped since the majority in the Malaysian Parliament.

The chairman of the BN since 2009, Najib Razak, the Prime Minister. His predecessor at the head of the coalition and the government was Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In the parliamentary elections of 2008, the coalition lost an important two-thirds majority that allows for constitutional amendments. The most important political opponent of the BN coalition Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition, which is led by Anwar Ibrahim, a former BN politician and former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Member parties

The dominant party of the coalition is the UMNO, which the Malays, the largest ethnic group in Malaysia represents. All six of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia are or were members of UMNO. Other major parties are the MCA and the MIC, which each represented the interests of the ethnic Chinese and Indians in Malaysia.

The Sabah Progressive Party ( SAPP), which currently holds two seats in the Malaysian Parliament, resigned from Barisan Nasional of 17 September 2008.

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