2018 Malaysia elections - updates

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Malaysia king to pardon opposition's Anwar, paving way for return to politics

May 11, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad has previously said he would likely remain prime minister for two to 3 years, before transferring power to Anwar Ibrahim

ANWAR. Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim immediately, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says on May 11, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's elderly ex-strongman makes stunning return to power

May 10, 2018 - 2:04 PM

In a win that overturns decades of dominance by the country's main coalition, Mahathir has secured an unlikely second act in the twilight of his political career

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition's candidate Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the media following the 14th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance led by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was making early gains in May 9 hard-fought election against the long-ruling coalition, according to unofficial tallies. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Malaysia's Mahathir expects to be sworn in within hours

May 10, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad called for his inauguration to take place by 5 pm on Thursday, May 10

VOTING. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Malaysia PM 'accepts people's will' after shock election loss

May 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) But Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak does not make a clear concession, adding that it is up to the nation's king to decide who will become the next prime minister as no single party won a majority parliament

'VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir wins shock election victory

May 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Mahathir Mohamad's opposition alliance ends 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

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has won a historic election victory, official results showed on May 10, ending the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP