Islamic law debate puts more pressure on Malaysia PM

April 16, 2015 3:57 AM

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KOTA BHARU, Malaysia (Reuters) - Feuding over an Islamic penal code that stipulates stoning for adultery and amputation for theft has put a spotlight on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's struggle to secure the majority Muslim vote and fend off attacks on his leadership.

The 'hudud' controversy was triggered by the Islamist party that rules Kelantan, a northern state where nightclubs are banned and there are separate public benches for men and women.

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