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Malaysia's scandal-plagued P.M. wants to gerrymander his way to another term

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak delivering his 2017 budget in Parliament. Photo: Mohd Samsul Mohd Said / Getty Images

Ahead of Malaysia's August general election, the scandal-plagued ruling party will soon vote on new constituency boundaries that would allow it to maintain power even if fails to win a majority of votes, as happened in 2013, The Economist reports.

Why it matters: This comes as at least six countries, including the U.S. Department of Justice, are carrying out a criminal inquiry into more than $4.5 billion missing from a state development agency Prime Minister Razak Najib oversaw. Despite poor approval ratings and a dismal track record, the proposed electoral map virtually guarantees Najib another term, per the Economist.