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Malaysia: Protesters demand resignation of PM Najib Razak over financial scandal

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By Euronews
Malaysia: Protesters demand resignation of PM Najib Razak over financial scandal

<p>Malaysia’s political crisis hit the streets on Saturday with tens of thousands of people denouncing Prime Minister Najib Razak as corrupt and demanding he step down. </p> <p>Their rally in Kuala Lumpur was declared illegal but pro-democracy protesters want answers about the transfer of $600 million – that is more than 530 million euros – into his bank account.</p> <p>Razak denies any wrongdoing.</p> <p>But he has been embroiled in scandal since reports in July that investigators probing the management of debt-laden state fund 1MDB had discovered the transfer to a bank account in his name.</p> <p>Razak has weathered the storm and political analysts doubt the rally, which will continue on Sunday, will force him out of power. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Najib Razak vigorously denies the suggestion that he ever used public money for personal gain <a href="http://t.co/w1EDJHa3i5">http://t.co/w1EDJHa3i5</a> <a href="http://t.co/hteSKpxMme">pic.twitter.com/hteSKpxMme</a></p>— The Economist (@TheEconomist) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/636908759755935744">27 Août 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Malaysia’s anti-graft agency has said the funds paid into Najib’s account were a donation from the Middle East, which came just before a 2013 election. The identity of the donor has not been revealed.</p> <p>Najib, 62, says he did not take any money for personal gain.</p>