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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir names key ministers; provincial leader to head finance

PM sets up 'Group of Eminent Persons' to support inexperienced lawmakers

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks at a news conference with new cabinet members in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on May 12. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday appointed three ministers to key portfolios along with a council of elders in the interim, as he grapples with the right candidates to form a full government three days after winning the election.

The new lineup, made up of leaders from his four-party coalition, includes Lim Guan Eng, who will assume the finance portfolio. Lim, an accountant by training, had been the Chief Minister of Penang, an industrial state, since 2008.

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