Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian PM who's made a comeback at 92


KUALA LUMPUR-Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday that the country's monarch has indicated he was willing to grant a full pardon to jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim immediately.

Malacañang on Friday congratulated the Philippines' "old friend" Mahathir Mohamad on his return as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Mahathir won the election after his coalition Pakatan Harapan secured 113 seats out of the 222 seats at the parliament's lower house, unseating the Barisna Nasional coalition, which has run the country for more than 60 years and of which Mahathir used to serve as the chairman.

The royal palace also refuted allegations that the King delayed the appointment of Mahathir as the new Prime Minister, saying that he strongly supported and respected the democratic process.

In the past, Nazir has criticised the "New Economic Policy" introduced by his late father in 1971, saying it had deviated from its original objective to eradicate poverty irrespective of race and eliminate identification of economic function with ethnicity.

He came out of retirement and defected to the opposition to take on and beat former protege Najib Razak.

The Oldest UK Prime Minister in office is William Gladstone (UK, 1809-98), who was 84 years 64 days old when he left office on 3 March 1894.

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The corruption scandal revolves around a state fund, known as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad, commonly known as 1MDB.

U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions called the 1MDB scandal "kleptocracy at its worst" and the fund is the subject of money-laundering investigations in at least six countries, including Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.

In the months after the scandal first broke in 2015, Nazir said, without criticising his brother, the handling of 1MDB had tarnished Malaysia's image. He has consistently denied wrongdoing. Mahathir has said that if Najib were found to do something wrong, "he will have to face the consequences".

As the image of the leaked manifest for a flight to Jakarta spread like wildfire online, Najib insisted in social media posts he was planning only a "short break" overseas to rest after the election and would be back next week. "We have to do what is permitted by the laws of this country", Mahathir said.

Mahathir is expected to name cabinet members to head 10 key ministries, including finance, foreign affairs, defense and home affairs, on Saturday.

USA investigators said Mr Najib's associates stole and looted $4.5bn (£3.3bn) from the fund - including $700m (£517m) which ended up in his bank account and $30m (£22m) used to buy jewellery for his wife. If the blueprint of the party will be followed, then Wan Azizah Ismail, the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, will become the deputy prime minister.