World’s old­est leader in shock vic­tory

Observer on Saturday - - News -

– Ninety-two-year-old Ma­hathir Mo­hamad was Thurs­day sworn in as the world’s old­est elected leader af­ter a stun­ning elec­tion win that swept Malaysia’s es­tab­lish­ment from power af­ter more


than six decades.


In a huge po­lit­i­cal upset, for­mer strong­man Ma­hathir’s op­po­si­tion al­liance broke the grip on power of the Barisan Na­sional (BN) coali­tion, which had gov­erned Malaysia un­in­ter­rupted since its birth as an in­de­pen­dent coun­try in 1957.

It capped a dra­matic come­back for Ma­hathir, who pre­vi­ously ruled the coun­try at the head of BN for 22 years and came out of re­tire­ment to take on his ex-protege, Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak af­ter the leader be­came em­broiled in a mas­sive cor­rup­tion scan­dal.

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