Malaysia's Veteran Mahathir Becomes Prime Minister at 92

Published May 10th, 2018 - 05:00 GMT
Veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's 92-year-old former prime minister, declared victory in the general election. (AFP/ File Photo)
Veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's 92-year-old former prime minister, declared victory in the general election. (AFP/ File Photo)

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's 92-year-old former prime minister, declared victory late Wednesday in the general election.

In a public speech, Mahathir said his opposition alliance secured more than 112 seats in parliament, which was enough to declare himself the next prime minister.

Supporters flocked to the streets after hearing from Mahathir.

Police stepped up security measures in the capital Kuala Lumpur, calling on supporters to be civil, and closed many busy roads to traffic.

Mahathir will not be sworn in as prime minister Thursday, according to local reports citing palace authorities who did not provide any reasons.

Mahathir was the country’s prime minister for 22 years between 1981 and 2003, making him the country’s longest-serving leader.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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