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AP Interview: Malaysia opposition leader believes long-ruling coalition faces electoral defeat

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    A Malaysian voter gets her finger marked with ink during the early voting for the general elections in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Malaysia will hold general elections on May 5 in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition's 56-year grip on power in Southeast Asia's third-largest economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (The Associated Press)

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    A Malaysian Police officer heads to cast his ballot during the early voting voting for the general elections in Kuala Lumpur, April 30, 2013. Malaysia will hold general elections on May 5 in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition's 56-year grip on power in Southeast Asia's third-largest economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (The Associated Press)

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    A Malaysian army soldier casts his ballot during the early voting for the general elections in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Malaysia will hold general elections on May 5 in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition's 56-year grip on power in Southeast Asia's third-largest economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) (The Associated Press)

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he believes his three-party alliance can win this weekend's national polls and topple a coalition that has ruled for nearly 56 years.

Sunday's general elections will pit Prime Minister Najib Razak's National Front coalition against Anwar's People's Alliance, which has pledged to tackle what it considers deep-rooted problems like corruption and racial discrimination.

Najib has repeatedly voiced confidence that his coalition will win and potentially regain a two-thirds parliamentary majority that it lost in 2008 elections.

However, Anwar said in an interview Tuesday that his alliance believes it can secure a "comfortable majority" because many voters are disgruntled with the government.

Anwar nevertheless reiterated opposition concerns that the National Front would resort to electoral fraud to retain power.