Ma­hathir to con­test Langkawi:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Malaysia’s op­po­si­tion on Sun­day named for­mer premier Ma­hathir Mo­hamad as their can­di­date for the is­land seat of Langkawi, as ex­pected, shift­ing their elec­tion cam­paign into higher gear ahead of na­tional polls on May 9.

Ma­hathir, 92, leads the op­po­si­tion as their choice of prime min­is­ter to de­pose his for­mer pro­tege, Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak, in what will likely be the most tightly-con­tested polls since in­de­pen­dence in 1957.

Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, pres­i­dent of the op­po­si­tion Pakatan Hara­pan coali­tion, said Ma­hathir had done much for Langkawi, from the time he first set foot on the hol­i­day is­land as a gov­ern­ment doc­tor in 1956 to the time he ruled as prime min­is­ter from 1981 un­til his res­ig­na­tion in 2003.

Pakatan Hara­pan ear­lier this year named Ma­hathir as its prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date. (RTRS)

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