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Mahathir keeps Malaysia, rivals and family guessing on next election

Son Mukhriz admits 95-year-old's decision on whether to run is a worry

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, speaks during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur last August as his son, Mukhriz Mahathir, looks on.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's two-time former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad may yet mount another challenge in the country's impending federal election, despite his family's concerns about him running in his mid-90s. 

Youngest son and fellow politician Mukhriz Mahathir told Nikkei Asia in an interview that the family worries about the veteran leader's health as decision time approaches. "We have to bear in mind that he [Mahathir] is now 95 years old, turning 96 in July," said Mukhriz, who now heads the Homeland Fighters' Party founded by Mahathir in August 2020.

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