15 May '18, 6am

Malaysian PM Mahathir says may be prime minister for 1-2 years

TOKYO: Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (May 15) he may remain premier for up to two years and will play a role in the background even after he steps down. Mahathir, 92, whose four-party coalition won a shock victory over former leader Najib Razak on May 9, also said reformist politician and coalition partner Anwar Ibrahim would be released from jail on Wednesday. Advertisement "(In) an initial stage, maybe lasting one or two years, I will be the prime minister," Mahathir told a Wall Street Journal conference in Tokyo via a video link from Malaysia. "I will play a role in the background even when I step down." Mahathir added that Anwar, after his release, would need to seek a seat in parliament and then might be given a cabinet post, but would play the same role in the coalition as leaders of the other three parties in the alliance. A...

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