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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir to stay in power for '1 or 2 years'

Malaysian PM vows 'no deal' with predecessor on corruption allegations

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appears live via video link at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Tuesday that he intends to stay in the position for one or two years before handing over power to an as yet undetermined successor.

"Maybe lasting one or two years, I will have to be the prime minister," said Mahathir, speaking via video link from Kuala Lumpur for a conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal in Tokyo. 

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