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his triumphant return to office at the unlikely age of 93, Malaysian Prime
Minister Mahathir Mohamad made a deal to hand over power after an interim
period to his former deputy-turned-bitter rival Anwar Ibrahim. Both men left
the timing vague, intent to avoid any repeat of the falling-out that led to Mr.
Anwar’s imprisonment in 1999. It might take Dr. Mahathir more than two years to
clean up the previous government’s mess, but Mr. Anwar seems content to wait.
Yang Razali Kassim
The unprecedented election of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad leaves open several big questions. The election could make way for a new political order, after throwing out the coalition that had ruled Malaysia since independence. Meanwhile, the opposition is embroiled in a heated debate over its own identity. Beyond the country’s borders, the new government’s approaches to neighbors like China and Singapore are already making waves.