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Mahathir bin Mohamad is a Malaysian politician who served as the 4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, and again from 2018 to 2020. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1976 to 1981 and has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Langkawi since 2018. He was MP for Kota Setar Selatan from 1964 to 1969 and for Kubang Pasu from 1974 to 2004. Mahathir's political career has spanned more than 70 years, starting with his participation in protests against non-Malays gaining Malaysian citizenship during the Malayan Union through to forming his own political parties, the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) in September 2016 and the Homeland Fighters' Party (PEJUANG) in August 2020.
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U.S. should 'think twice' before returning 1MDB funds to Malaysia, says ex-PM MahathirThe United States should "think twice" before giving Malaysia back the money recovered from an anti-kleptocracy probe into state fund 1MDB, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday, as the..
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Malaysian PM calls on Mahathir to endorse new governmentMalaysia's new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, extended an olive branch on Wednesday to the leader he recently replaced, veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad, calling on him to endorse the new..
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Malaysia's new PM names CIMB chief executive as new finance ministerMalaysia's new prime minister on Monday named CIMB group chief executive Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz as finance minister, as he unveiled his cabinet after a week of political turmoil that saw the..
Malaysia’s palace denies 'royal coup' in appointing new PMMalaysia's palace on Sunday denied allegations of a "royal coup" in appointing the country's prime minister after veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad resigned, saying the king used his discretionary powers..
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Malaysia PM vows to fight corruption after week of turmoilNew Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin pledged to prioritize the fight against corruption on Monday after taking over from 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad with the backing of a former ruling party..
Malaysia's new PM takes office amid economic challengesMuhyiddin Yassin took office as Malaysia's new prime minister on Monday, capping a week of political chaos caused by the shock resignation of Mahathir Mohamad, and as the country's economy weakens..
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Malays strike back as turmoil opens way for return of nationalists"The power of the Malays has returned," rejoiced street hawker Mohd Nor Afiq in Kuala Lumpur after a new prime minister was sworn in to replace 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad.
Malaysia gets new PM, Muhyiddin Yassin, after week of turmoilMuhyiddin Yassin has been sworn in after the unexpected resignation of 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad.
Timeline: A week of political crisis in MalaysiaMalaysia was plunged into a week of political crisis following the unexpected resignation of 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister on Monday, Feb. 24.
Malaysia swears in new prime minister as Mahathir forced outMalaysia's Muhyiddin Yassin, a Malay nationalist politician backed by the corruption-tarnished former ruling party, was sworn in as prime minister on Sunday after the king picked him to replace..
Malaysia's Muhyiddin sworn in as PM, succeeding MahathirMalaysia's Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as prime minister on Sunday by the king, after a week of political chaos sparked by the resignation of veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad.
Malaysia's Mahathir seeks urgent parliament session on PMMalaysia's Mahathir Mohamad said on Sunday he would ask for an urgent sitting of parliament to see if incoming prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin had majority support after being named premier by the..
Malaysia's Mahathir out as king names former interior minister PMMalaysia's 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad lost out in a battle to become prime minister on Saturday as the king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin after a week of political turmoil sparked..
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Mahathir to tell Malaysia's king he has support in parliament to be PMMalaysia's Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday that he intends to send a letter to the king to inform him of the support he has from the majority of lawmakers in parliament to be prime minister.
Malaysian coalition backing Mahathir for PM has parliamentary majority: AnwarMalaysia's former ruling coalition, which is backing Mahathir Mohamad to become prime minister, has the support of a majority of lawmakers in parliament, coalition partner Anwar Ibrahim said on..
Malaysia's Muhyiddin named PM in shock that sidelines old rivalsMalaysia's king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister on Saturday in a shock decision that sidelined old rivals Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim after a week of..
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Malaysia uncertainty grows as palace rejects Mahathir planUncertainty grew over the political future of Malaysia and the man who has dominated it for decades on Friday as the royal palace rejected Mahathir Mohamad's plan for a vote to choose a new prime..
Mahathir's colleague to be his party's PM candidate for MalaysiaA party colleague of Malaysia's interim leader Mahathir Mohamad will be its prime ministerial candidate, and not the veteran leader who quit as prime minister this week, the party said on Friday.
Malaysia uncertainty grows as Mahathir's plan for parliament vote rejectedMalaysia's political uncertainty grew on Friday after the speaker of parliament said he had rejected a request from interim leader Mahathir Mohamad for a special session next week to choose a new prime..
No special session of Malaysian parliament on Monday to pick PM - speakerMalaysia's parliament will not hold a special session on Monday to decide on the next prime minister, its speaker said, a day after interim premier Mahathir Mohamad said the legislative body would do..
Malaysia's monarchy to rule on pathway out of political turmoilMalaysia's nine monarchs are due to meet on Friday to determine how the country's next government will be formed after the shock resignation of Mahathir Mohamad earlier this week created political..
Mahathir says Malaysian parliament to choose new PM amid turmoilMalaysia's parliament will vote on a new candidate for prime minister on Monday and if nobody can win majority support there will be a snap election, interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said on..