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Malaysia to have 92-year-old leader






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Malaysia's ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has ended the six-decade rule of the BN party. He will soon become Malaysia's next prime minister and the world's oldest elected leader. He was Malaysia's prime minister from 1981 to 2003 as leader of the BN, which came to power in 1957 after Malaysia's independence. He helped Malaysia become an "Asian tiger". However, he was accused of being too strong and of putting his opponents in jail.

Mahathir's party won 113 seats. This is enough for a majority in Malaysia's parliament. Mahathir ended his retirement to join the opposition party. It was a tough election race. He beat Najib Razak, who was accused of corruption in a financial scandal. Mahathir wants to put Malaysia back on track and "restore the rule of law". He joked that his new cabinet would be, "a gathering of men and women, including a young person".

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