Najib Razak, the Malaysian prime minister, has announced that the nation's parliament will be dissolved on Saturday ahead of a general election campaign that has already faced accusations of gerrymandering and a crackdown on freedom of speech.
On Friday, Mohamad said it would be a "dirty election".
"Thus, in accordance with Article 55 of the Federal Constitution, His Highness has given his consent for the 13th Parliament to be dissolved effective April 7, 2018", he said.
The government has indeed implemented an inclusive and comprehensive transformation which has yielded at least seven successes for the people and country since 2009, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Meanwhile, EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah confirmed to Bernama that he received notice on the dissolution through email and would hold a special meeting to determine the important dates for the GE14. Voting must be held within 60 days.
But his government stoked criticism last week by pushing a controversial redrawing of the electoral map through parliament which critics say will tilt the poll in Najib's favour.
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Najib's United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) party heads the ruling coalition that has held power since Malaysia's independence in 1957.
There are 222 parliamentary seats and 505 state states to be contested in this coming election.
But a weaker result, even if the coalition retains power, could lead to an internal leadership challenge against Najib.
Najib has denied any wrongdoing.
Mr Najib resisted demands to step down in mid-2015 following reports of financial mismanagement at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), including that $681 million was deposited into his personal bank account.
Mr Najib has clamped down on dissent, sacking critics from his cabinet and party who questioned his involvement in 1MDB. Mahathir, Asia's longest-serving premier for 22 years before he retired in 2003, turned against his protege two years ago over a corruption scandal and now leads an opposition alliance.