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Malaysia in transition

Anwar presses Mahathir for post-APEC handover of power

Malaysia's prime minister-in-waiting aims to set clear timeline

Anwar Ibrahim is widely considered the successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim expressed Thursday a hope of becoming prime minister after the country hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit this November.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said in December that he would keep his promise to give the reins to Anwar but that a handover as originally planned this May, before the APEC meeting, could lead to confusion.

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