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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir looks to resign after APEC as potential new leader emerges

Anwar expected to battle against wife and economy minister for Malaysia top spot

From left: Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Anwar Ibrahim. (Source photos by Reuters)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has reiterated his intention to step down at the end of the year, but only after the country hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in November.

The prime minister said on Tuesday that he is willing to retire in the next nine months, though the exact date is undecided as the presidential council prepares for a high-level meeting on Friday.

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