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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir ups ante on Muhyiddin with substitute pick for Malaysia PM

Nomination of Shafie Apdal hinges on support of Anwar and 37 PKR lawmakers

KUALA LUMPUR -- Mahathir Mohamad has chosen a challenger to replace Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, apparently ruling out a return to power for himself in the hope of toppling the man who has become his nemesis.

Mahathir, who is two weeks shy of his 95th birthday, on Saturday nominated Shafie Apdal to lead Malaysia if Muhyiddin loses the confidence of parliament. Mahathir also said he would push a no-confidence motion against the premier when the legislature sits on July 13.

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