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Malaysia's Mahathir out as PM in shock vote, rival wins power

Feb 29, 2020 16:43 IST

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad lost a power struggle to a little-known ex-interior minister on Sunday in a surprising outcome of a Parliament vote. Muhyiddin Yassin will be sworn in on Sunday as the new Prime Minister, according to the Malaysian Palace. Muhyiddin's coalition is dominated by the multi-ethnic country's Muslim majority and includes the United Malays National Organisation, a scandal-plagued party. Muhyiddin, a former Mahathir ally, had joined forces with UMNO in a bid to win power. His coalition also includes a hardline Muslim party that is pushing for Islamic laws. The current crisis began when Mahathir and Anwar's alliance, which stormed to a historic victory two years ago collapsed a week ago.

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