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

Official [appalling / polling] results show Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan party has won 113 seats. This is [suffice / sufficient] to form a simple majority in the country’s 222-[seat / seating] parliament. Mahathir came out of retirement and [joined / jointed] the opposition party. In an often bitterly-contested election race, he [defeated / defected] his former protégé Najib Razak. Mr Najib had been [beset / beast] by allegations of corruption and a multi-billion-dollar financial [sandal / scandal] . Mahathir told reporters that he wanted to put Malaysia back on the [right / light] track. He said: "What we want to do is to restore the rule of law." When reporters asked about his [advancing / advance] years, he joked about age. He said his new cabinet would be, "a gathering of men and women, [inclusion / including] a young person".

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