Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister following his unexpected election win. Mahathir previously governed Malaysia in the 1980s and 90s.
Thursday’s win makes him the oldest elected leader in the world.
Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s 92-year-old former strongman, was sworn in as the country’s seventh prime minister last night after leading a coalition of former political enemies to an historic election victory that has swept aside a corruption-plagued government and 61 years of unbroken power.
Nevertheless it was an historic moment for Malaysia, marking the country’s first democratic transition of power since 1957 when it won independence from Britain and the Barisan Nasional formed its first government.
It followed 24 hours of drama in which Dr Mahathir accused the Election Commission of delaying results to buy time for the BN government to “frustrate the wishes of the people”, and defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak issued an ambiguous concession speech appearing to leave a door open for political horse trading. “I accept the verdict of the people,” Mr Najib said in his first appearance since his defeat. But, he added, “because no party has got a simple majority, the king will make a decision on who will be appointed as prime minister.”