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Narendra Modi congratulates Mahathir Mohamad for swearing-in as Malaysian PM

Narendra Modi congratulates Mahathir Mohamad for swearing-in as Malaysian PM

Anwar, former deputy prime minister to Dr Mahathir and de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is now serving a five-year prison sentence, commencing in 2015, after a second sodomy conviction was upheld.

In a stunning political upset that took pundits by surprise, Mahathir's opposition alliance ended the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an independent country in 1957.

Malaysia's newspapers have given a generally low-key response to the historic general election victory of Mahathir Mohamad, with media reporting the 92-year-old former prime minster is set to meet the king later today.

Mr Ibrahim watched the swearing-in ceremony of Dr Mohamad from a prison hospital, filmed by a member of his party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Critics say there was much electoral fraud during Mahathir's time in power, while corruption and cronyism flourished, and his government pushed policies that favored the Muslim Malay majority and exacerbated racial tensions.

Najib may be remembered most for the scandal over 1MDB, whose advisory board he chaired until 2016.

In a press conference, he said he recognized "the verdict of the people".

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Some have likened the twists and turns of Malaysian politics to a plot by Shakespeare.

Dozens of people gathered at a small airport just outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after reports that ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was scheduled to fly from there to Jakarta with his wife.

Dr Mahathir said that Pakatan would immediately begin the process of getting Anwar's pardon formalized. I look forward to working with Tun Mahathir and the new government to enhance our cooperation.

Filings by the U.S. Justice Department in a civil lawsuit indicated almost $30 million of the money stolen was used to buy jewellery for the prime minister's wife, Rosmah, including a rare 22-carat pink diamond set in a necklace.

At least six countries, including the United States, are investigating the alleged misappropriation of over $4.5 billion from 1MDB, founded by former premier Najib Razak. One woman who was waving an opposition flag said, "We'll have a better Malaysia now".

"Najib's role as an interim government is now over", Mahathir declared on Thursday, noting that "if the government is not appointed immediately, the country will be. without a government".


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