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Mahathir's pick of anti-graft chief sparks doubts on succession

Opposition leader hints Latheefa pick is 'conspiracy' to keep Anwar from PM post

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, left, and Anwar Ibrahim. (Photo by Manami Yamada /Akira Kodaka)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's ruling Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope coalition, appears to have a clear transition plan, with both Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his likely successor, Anwar Ibrahim, repeatedly stating that the premiership will pass from Mahathir to Anwar on "an agreed timeline."

But Mahathir's appointment of Latheefa Koya as head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has raised eyebrows. Although Latheefa is a member of Anwar's People's Justice Party, which goes by the Malay initials PKR, she is a fierce critic of Anwar and his family. Mahathir's move is seen by many as "Game of Thrones"-style intrigue.

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