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Malaysia's Mahathir says political uncertainty won't end with Anwar as Prime Minister

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday he doubted whether opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had the numbers in parliament to take the premiership -- and even if he did the country would remain in political deadlock.

(CNN)Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday he doubted whether opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had the numbers in parliament to take the premiership -- and even if he did the country would remain in political deadlock.

Anwar met the country's king on Tuesday in a bid to prove he has a parliamentary majority to form government and take over from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

Mahathir, who mentored Anwar and many of the country's top leaders, said even with new leadership Malaysia would remain susceptible to shifting political alliances, particularly by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) former ruling party.

either way, there is going to be a situation where there is no government in the country," Mahathir told Reuters in an interview at his office in Kuala Lumpur.

Mahathir, with Anwar's backing, steered the opposition to a historic win in the 2018 election, ending six decades of rule by UMNO with a campaign against corruption.

But his administration collapsed after a bout of infighting earlier this year, paving the way for Muhyiddin to take the post in March with the backing of UMNO.

Mahathir said he did not support Anwar or Muhyiddin.

Mahathir, whose decision to sack Anwar as his deputy during his first tenure as premier sparked a 20-year feud between them, dismissed his former protege's latest claim of a parliamentary majority.

Already three times he has claimed to have the support that he would be the correct prime minister, only to find that he has no support," Mahathir said.

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