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Malaysia election

Mahathir predicts UMNO triumph in Malaysia's next election

Former PM considers fresh run at age 97, expects Najib to wield influence from jail

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks with Nikkei Asia at his office in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Hakimie Amrie)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Mahathir Mohamad, who led an opposition alliance to a historic victory in Malaysia's 2018 general election, sees little hope for a repeat in the next polls.

In an interview, the 97-year-old predicted that the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) will keep its grip on power in a vote widely expected to be held before the end of the year.

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