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Mahathir to stay up to two years as Malaysia PM

15 May 2018, 06:59 | Glen Norman

Mahathir to stay up to two years as Malaysia PM

Malaysia's newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad attends a news conference in Menara Yayasan Selangor Pataling Jaya

Mahathir and Anwar (a jailed reformist) won the general election last week.

He told the conference on Tuesday that he will remain as prime minister for one or two years - and would continue to play a role in the background even after he steps down. The 70-year-old Anwar is still serving a five-year jail term after he was found guilty on a sodomy charge in 2015. He and his supporters have said the charges are politically motivated.

Dr Mahathir, who first led the country from 1981 to 2003 under Umno, is now Prime Minister under an agreement with PH that he would eventually hand over power to Mr Anwar, whose Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has the most MPs in the four-party alliance.

New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad indicated Sunday that his government will keep a controversial law banning fake news that he once slammed as a tool to curb dissent. He added that he would make the final decision about cabinet posts.

The volatile relationship between the duo has dominated the country's political landscape for over three decades.

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But in 1998, they disagreed on how to tackle the Asian financial crisis and fell out.

And the loss of Barisan Nasional also marked the end of Datuk Seri Najib Razak's reign of the BN coalition, the former sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, and also the former President of UMNO.

Asked about other possible crimes, Mahathir said: "We can not do everything at the same time at one go".

"If there is no case, we don't go for detention without trial", he said.

The scandal is being investigated in at least six countries, including Singapore, Switzerland and the United States.

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He said that Anwar, a former enemy turned ally, may be just a member of parliament for a while.

Najib set up 1MDB in 2009 and previously served as chairman of its advisory board. He and the fund have denied wrongdoing, reported Reuters.

Dr Mahathir had personally ordered travel restrictions on Mr Najib last Saturday after news spread that the latter was about to fly off to Jakarta for a short break.

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