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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir launches Malay political alliance with election in sights

Counter to ruling UMNO targets 120 candidates, but skeptics question ex-PM's influence

Mahathir Mohamad's political clout has waned since he stepped down as Malaysian prime minister in 2020.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday announced the formation of a new ethnic-Malay-centric political alliance that aims to contest more than 100 seats in the next general election, which could come as early as this year.

The 97-year-old Mahathir looks to position Gerakan Tanah Air, or the Homeland Movement, as a rival force to the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which leads the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

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