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FILE - In this March 27, 2016, photo, Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, and former Deputy Prime Minster Muhyiddin Yassin attend the

Malaysia's Mahathir suffers blow as supporters abandon him

Feb. 28, 2020 7:30 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Friday said he will let party leaders nominate prime ministerial candidates, shifting the battle for power after opposition parties switched their allegiance from interim leader Mahathir Mohamad to a seasoned politician from his party. Mahathir, 94, who is...

Malaysian interim leader Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a press conference at his office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Mahathir says Parliament will pick a new prime minister after the king failed to establish who has majority support following the collapse of the ruling coalition. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's Mahathir says Parliament will pick new PM

Feb. 27, 2020 10:48 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian interim leader Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that Parliament will pick a new prime minister next week following the collapse of the ruling alliance, and that snap elections will be called if the vote ends in an impasse. But his former alliance led by rival Anwar...

Malaysia's Mahathir says Parliament to elect new prime minister after king fails to establish who has majority support

Feb. 27, 2020 4:38 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Mahathir says Parliament to elect new prime minister after king fails to establish who has majority support.
Politician Anwar Ibrahim, right, gestures next to his wife Wan Azizah Ismail as they head to their party headquarters after meeting the king in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Malaysia's king held unusual consultations with lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of the ruling coalition and the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo)

Malaysia's Mahathir wants nonpartisan gov't if picked as PM

Feb. 26, 2020 6:45 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday that he will form a new nonpartisan government if he is elected to return as Malaysia's prime minister, as the king completed two days of consultations with lawmakers to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of Mahathir's...

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says he will return as prime minister if he has majority support from lawmakers

Feb. 26, 2020 3:58 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says he will return as prime minister if he has majority support from lawmakers.
Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, center, hands out food parcels to reporters who was camped outside the palace following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. After months of resisting pressure to hand over the premiership to his named successor, Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged stronger than before, while his ruling alliance, which won a historic vote about two years ago, met its Waterloo. (AP Photo)

AP Explains: Malaysia political upheaval as leader resigns

Feb. 25, 2020 7:33 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's ruling alliance collapsed this week after 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned and dozens of lawmakers defected in an audacious attempt to form a new government. The political earthquake occurred less than two years after the alliance won a historic...

People stand an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Virus outbreak keeps global markets in check

Feb. 25, 2020 8:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Share prices around the world, particularly in Japan, took a hit Tuesday amid mounting fears about the economic impact of the new coronavirus outbreak. An anticipated solid opening on Wall Street provided some hope that the current bout of selling might ease. With cases of the virus outside...

In this photo released by Prime Minister Office, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad works at his office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Malaysia's king accepted Mahathir's shocking resignation Monday. The move came in tandem with plans by Mahathir's supporters to team up with opposition parties to form a new government and foil the transition of power to his named successor, Anwar Ibrahim. (Prime Minister Office via AP)

Race to form Malaysia gov't heats up, with eyes on Mahathir

Feb. 25, 2020 8:10 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After resisting pressure for months to hand over Malaysia's leadership to his designated successor, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad finally quit this week. But in a confounding twist, the 94-year-old leader emerged more powerful than before, while his ruling alliance, which...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares extend losses after Dow drops more than 1,000

Feb. 24, 2020 10:21 PM EST

Shares are mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after Wall Street suffered its worst session in two years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumping more than 1,000 points on fears that a viral outbreak that began in China will weaken the world economy. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 3%, to 22,686.61 after it...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia.  Malaysia's alliance government under 94-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir is threatening to unravel less than two years after a historic election victory ousting the coalition that had ruled the country since independence.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian king accepts Mahathir's resignation amid upheaval

Feb. 24, 2020 10:14 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Monday accepted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's shocking resignation but reappointed him as interim leader following the collapse of the ruling alliance in a major political upheaval less than two years after its historic election victory. The stunning...