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Since Malaysia’s independence in 1957, the country has experienced a series of national elections, but never a change in national government. The ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN), has held power continuously since 1973. However, in the 2013 general elections, which saw the highest voter turnout in Malaysia’s history, BN’s electoral support fell to less than 50 percent of the popular vote. While BN was able to form a government, the elections signaled further eroding support for the ruling coalition following the loss of its two-thirds majority in the 2008 elections. The opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (PR), received more than 51 percent of the popular vote and maintained control of three of the five state assemblies it had won in 2008. It is in this context that IRI provides technical assistance, to political parties and civil society to build knowledge and share skills that enable citizen concerns to be more effectively addressed.