The 92-year-old had a shock victory over his one time protege, Najib Razak. He’s 21 years older than President Donald Trump, a year older than Queen Elizabeth II and twice the age of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Veteran Malaysian politician Mahathir Mohamad is set to become the world’s oldest leader after a shock victory in the country’s election, after he upended six decades of control by the ruling coalition, promising, “we’ll go back to the rule of law and be more open”.
Official press statement by Istana Negara said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad is to be appointed as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Mahathir, who governed the country for 22 years as strongman leader of the Barisan Nasional coalition, came out of retirement to challenge the incumbent in the country’s 14th general election.
In January, Mahathir said that running was “a job I have to do,” in an exclusive interview with CNN.
Last month, Mahathir told Bloomberg in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg his plans for government.
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The veteran politician’s coalition won 121 seats, enough to form a simple majority and take control of the House. Barisan Nasional, the coalition that has led the country since independence in 1964, only won 79 seats, a far cry from the 133 it won in the 2013 election
In his triumphant return to front line Malaysian politics, Prime Minister-elect Mahathir — who also ruled the country from 1981 to 2003 — pledged to form a new government quickly, following a momentous night in which scandal-plagued incumbent Najib Razak was soundly beaten at the polls by his former mentor.
Mahathir, who will become the world’s oldest leader aged 92, is expected to be sworn in by Malaysia’s constitutional ruler, King Muhammad V, at 9:30 p.m. (9.30 a.m. ET), according to state media Bernama.
It follows a day of confusion over the status of Malaysia’s new government, with various times announced and then missed for Mahathir’s swearing-in.
Mahathir’s car was seen driving into the palace ahead of a possible 5 p.m. meeting, only to drive out again without a word an hour and a half later.