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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir begins second stint as Malaysian prime minister

Following unprecedented win, leader vows to make country 'respected once again'

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, fresh from an unprecedented election win that saw the country's opposition take power for the first time since independence, began his second stint in office Monday vowing to resolve the country's financial and image problems.

Speaking to staff at the Prime Minister's Department, the 92-year-old Mahathir said his goal was to restore the reputation of the country, which he said was damaged by the previous government.

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