Gap Fill - Oldest Leader - Level 6


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Malaysia's leader Mahathir Mohamad has staged a political comeback to end the six- rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) party. It is still when Mr Mahathir, 92, will be sworn in as Malaysia's next prime minister. When he assumes , he will be the world's oldest elected . Mahathir was Malaysia's prime minister from 1981 to 2003. At that , he was leader of the BN party, which came to power in 1957 after Malaysia gained independence from British colonial rule. He was in his country's economic success and in making Malaysia an "Asian tiger". He was also accused of being an leader who used security laws to imprison his .

Official polling show Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan party has won 113 . This is sufficient to form a simple majority in the country's 222-seat parliament. Mahathir came out of and joined the opposition party. In an often -contested election race, he defeated his former protégé Najib Razak. Mr Najib had been beset by of corruption and a multi-billion-dollar financial . Mahathir told reporters that he wanted to put Malaysia back on the right track. He said: "What we want to do is to restore the of law." When reporters asked about his advancing , he joked about age. He said his new would be, "a gathering of men and women, including a person".

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