Malaysia’s shock elec­tion re­sult as Ma­hathir Mo­hamad wins at 92

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MALAYSIA’S out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak has said he has ac­cepted the “ver­dict of the peo­ple” but didn’t con­cede de­feat to 92-year-old Ma­hathir Mo­hamad. Source: Al-Jazeera MALAYSIA’S veteran ex-leader Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, 92, has won a his­toric elec­tion vic­tory, in a po­lit­i­cal earth­quake that top­pled the coun­try’s scan­dalplagued premier and ousted a regime that had ruled for over six decades. In a stun­ning po­lit­i­cal up­set that took pun­dits by sur­prise, Ma­hathir’s op­po­si­tion al­liance ended the long hold on power of the Barisan Na­sional coali­tion, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an in­de­pen­dent coun­try in 1957. The thump­ing vic­tory capped a dra­matic po­lit­i­cal comeback for Ma­hathir, who pre­vi­ously ruled the coun­try with an iron fist for 22 years and came out of re­tire­ment to take on Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak af­ter the leader be­came em­broiled in a mas­sive cor­rup­tion scandal. When he takes power, Ma­hathir will be the old­est prime min­is­ter in the world. De­spite the shock re­sult there were no re­ports of trou­ble on the streets, where pock­ets of cel­e­bra­tion erupted overnight. Mo­hamad said he ex­pected to be sworn in as prime min­is­ter later Thurs­day af­ter his stun­ning elec­tion win, adding there was an “ur­gency” for him to take of­fice.“We ex­pect to­day for me to be sworn in as prime min­is­ter,” he told a press con­fer­ence, ad­dress­ing con­cerns over a de- lay by say­ing that some “con­fu­sion” over the process had now been cleared. A flag-wav­ing crowd of sup­port­ers gath­ered on a field out­side the head­quar­ters of Ma­hathir’s party near Kuala Lumpur. Suva Sel­van, a 48-year-old doc­tor, said he felt the coun­try had just won its in­de­pen­dence. “I feel that with this change we prob­a­bly can see some­thing bet­ter in the fu­ture ... our hope for the fu­ture is a bet­ter govern­ment, fair, free and united,” he told AFP. De­feat could just be the be­gin­ning of Na­jib’s trou­bles. Ma­hathir has vowed to bring him to jus­tice over al­le­ga­tions that bil­lions of dol­lars were looted from sov­er­eign wealth fund 1MDB, which the scandal-hit leader set up and over­saw. But at a press con­fer­ence af­ter his win, Ma­hathir vowed: “We are not seek­ing re­venge. We want to re­store the rule of law.” Razak said he ac­cepted the will of the peo­ple af­ter the coali­tion that has led the coun­try for six decades suf­fered a shock loss. But he did not make a clear con­ces­sion, and added that it was up to the na­tion’s king to de­cide who would be­come the next prime min­is­ter as no sin­gle party had won a ma­jor­ity par­lia­ment.

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