May 10, 2018 (LBO) – Former Malaysian leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad will become the world’s oldest prime minister after wining the recently held polls in the country, foreign media reports said.
He defeated Najib Razak ending a 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.
Dr Mohamad was the country’s prime minister from 1981 and 2003.
His victory marks the first time that a Malaysian prime minister will not be from the UMNO party and not be part of the BN coalition, of which UMNO is the main constituent.
Voter turnout was 76 percent– lower than in the 2013 election – but the opposition took many states that were considered BN strongholds such as Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Penang.
The official results, usually announced by 11pm, were not released until around 3am with some alleging that Najib was trying to stall the announcement.
As part of his agreement with Pakatan Harapan, Mahathir will only be prime minister for two years, and then will cede power to Anwar Ibrahim.
Mahathir and Anwar fell out publicly in 1999 and Mahathir was responsible for jailing Anwar, but the pair put aside their differences in their united desire to take down Najib.
The new PM is to be sworn in Thursday.