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Malaysia's Mahathir gambled with his job and lost

New ruling coalition likely to steer country toward firmer Islamic law

| Malaysia

On Sunday, Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as Malaysia's eighth prime minister after a week of high political drama. His predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad, had resigned a few days before but was maneuvering to keep his job with a new parliamentary coalition, while Mahathir's party rival Anwar Ibrahim also wanted the top spot.

What surprised many was that none of the three was able to show the Malaysian King a clear majority among the country's 222 Member of Parliaments but he evidently felt Muhyiddin would be able to assemble it when parliament reconvened.

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