Mahathir Mohamad won a historic election in Malaysia

Highlights:

  • Malaysia's opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad won a historic election according to official results that were released on 10 May 2018.
  • The south eastern country Malaysia the opposition alliance won a historic election and thus ending the six-decade rule of the ruling coalition.
  • It ends the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
  • The results from the Election Commission showed the opposition grouping, “Pakatan Harapan”, plus a party in the Borneo state of Sabah they are allied with, winning 115 seats, over the threshold of 112 seats needed in parliament to form a government.
  • Mahathir, who is now poised to become the world's oldest elected prime minister, came out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has become embroiled in massive corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.