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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir-led opposition wins historic Malaysian election

Nation set to welcome back ex-PM in first change of power since independence

Mahathir, 92, is expected to become Malaysia's seventh prime minister, returning to power 15 years after leaving office. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's opposition coalition, led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, won a majority of lower house seats in Wednesday's general election, paving the way for the country's first change of power since its independence in 1957.

Mahathir, 92, is expected to become Malaysia's seventh prime minister, returning to power 15 years after leaving office.

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