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Mahathir to continue as Malaysia PM for 1-2 years

16 May 2018, 10:46 | Devin Moran

Investors had anticipated the bearish reaction to Dr Mahathir Mohamad becoming prime minister once more

Investors had anticipated the bearish reaction to Dr Mahathir Mohamad becoming prime minister once more

Anwar needs to contest a by-election to become a member of Parliament before he can replace Mahathir.

Nurul Izzah, Anwar's daughter, said her father's release was a gift ahead of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan which begins on Thursday in Malaysia.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad on Tuesday said he will remain in office for at least one to two years.

"The king, with the advice of the pardons board of the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, has allowed a full pardon and given an immediate release for".

Anwar will travel directly to the palace after his release.

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

Mahathir crossed aisles because he felt it was untenable to support Najib as premier following widespread allegations of his involvement in the 1MDB scandal. Mahathir fired Anwar in the late 90s and oversaw his first jail conviction.

Mahathir did not say why he would step down after the short period of time, but his age could be one reason.

"It has never been about our father but doing it because it is right", she said when met at the hospital, where Anwar has been undergoing treatment following surgery.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim kisses his wife during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018.




Asked to specify projects in the country which he had concerns about, Dr Mahathir said there were pieces of land being sold to Chinese companies to build large cities.

Mahathir, who has returned as prime minister after his retirement in 2003 following a 22-year rule, has promised to reopen investigations into the 1MDB fiasco, described by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "kleptocracy at its worst".

Malaysia's new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad doesn't intend to immediately step aside once his foe-turned-colleague Anwar Ibrahim is pardoned.

In the 1990s, Mahathir was prime minister, Anwar who worked under him was his deputy and clear heir-apparent. He and his supporters have said the charges are politically motivated.

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

Yet rather than give up, Anwar worked from his prison cell to forge a new opposition alliance by ending the two-decade feud with Mahathir - a gamble that paid off when the alliance won the 9 May polls.

"There are many faults committed by the previous government, but we can not do everything in one day, so you have to be patient". "But Mahathir may be reluctant to hand over to his former nemesis, and if he drags his feet other scenarios could come into play", said Peter Mumford of the Eurasia Group in a research note.

Responding to a question during a live video conference interview with the Wall Street Journal here yesterday, the Prime Minister said Malaysia welcomed FDI from all countries, including China.

"The Anwar and Mahathir relationship will be a challenge to navigate as trust, ambition and priorities will be likely problem areas", said Welsh, a Southeast Asia expert who was in Malaysia to monitor the polls. Mahathir has ordered him barred from leaving the country.



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