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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir rejects termination by party led by Malaysia's Muhyiddin

Former leader vows to push motion to remove current PM as Bersatu president

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya earlier in May.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is refusing to accept termination by his party, telling reporters on Friday that he plans to seek to remove Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin instead.

Mahathir was sacked as a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, or Bersatu, the previous day, along with his son Mukhriz Mahathir and three others. He had co-founded the party in 2016 and led it to victory in the 2018 election that ended the 61-year rule of the National Front.

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