Mahathir Mohamad, 92, set to become Malaysia Prime Minister after impressive win in polls
NEW DELHI Mahathir Mohamad, 92, made an impressive victory in Malaysia’s general election, where he spearheaded an alliance of Opposition parties. Mahathir is set to become the Malaysia’s Prime Minister, the office he occupied for 22 years.
Media reports said Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) won 113 of Parliament’s 222 seats, getting the majority required to rule the country. Najib Razak’s ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) won on 79 seats.
Mahathir was quoted in a media report that he expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister later on Thursday.
Mahathir, a former doctor, who entered politics in 1964, governed Malaysia for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, with accusations of rights abuses. Under Mahathir’s rule the country saw transformed from a sleepy Southeast Asian backwater to a relatively developed country.
Mahathir joined hands with his one-time protege, the jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim, and together their alliance exploited public anger over the cost of living and a multi-billion-dollar scandal that has dogged Najib since 2015.
Exalted over the victory of Mahathir, his daughter Marina Mahathir said it seemed so difficult. Impossible. “I didn’t dare think even though I was out there and I saw the crowds,” said Marina.