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Malaysia’s ex-PM Mahathir gears up for one last fight

BANGKOK — Dr. M, a nickname for former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, is once again making headlines in local media, which in recent weeks has been dominated by news about the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Malaysian government on May 4 eased its seven-week lockdown and reopened its economy. Mahathir launched his latest political gambit as if he had been waiting for this moment.

On May 9, Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim, his longtime political rival and former deputy prime minister, issued a joint statement pledging to work together to topple Muhyiddin Yassin’s government.

“Knowing this situation, we don’t acknowledge this

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Mahathir rejects termination by party led by Malaysia’s Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is refusing to accept termination by his party, telling reporters on Friday that he plans to seek to remove Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin instead.

Mahathir was sacked as a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, or Bersatu, the previous day, along with his son Mukhriz Mahathir and three others. He had co-founded the party in 2016 and led it to victory in the 2018 election that ended the 61-year rule of the National Front.

Bersatu’s president is Muhyiddin Yassin, who helped push Mahathir out of office earlier this year.

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Mahathir axed from party he founded with Malaysian PM Muhyiddin

KUALA LUMPUR — Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been sacked as a member of the party he co-founded in 2016 and led to victory in the 2018 election that ended the 61-year rule of the National Front.

Mahathir, along with his son Mukhriz Mahathir and three others, were ousted on Thursday by the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, or Bersatu. The party is led by current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who helped push Mahathir out of office earlier this year.

The termination letters were circulating on social media. Sources close to Mahathir verified their authenticity when contacted by Nikkei, though

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Muhyiddin and Mahathir rekindle feud as Malaysia looks beyond virus

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin faces mounting pressure to prove he has the support of parliament’s lower house, after 10 weeks of political calm as the country hunkered down against the coronavirus.

Hanging over Muhyiddin is a no-confidence motion submitted by the man he toppled in an internal coup before taking power on March 1 — Mahathir Mohamad, his former mentor and the head of his own party.

The lower house speaker approved the motion earlier this month, but did not set a date for the vote, and the prime minister has ensured there is no chance

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