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Malaysia in transition

Mahathir wins 71% public approval three months into leadership

Malaysian ruling coalition faces growing challenges

KUALA LUMPUR -- The new Malaysian government led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has sustained public support following its unexpected election victory in May even as challenges begin to pile up.

In a poll unveiled on Wednesday to mark the government's 100th day in office on Friday, 71% and 67% of those surveyed gave the thumbs-up to Mahathir and his party, Pakatan Harapan, respectively. The survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center for Opinion Research showed Mahathir's support level was higher at 83% in the aftermath of the election in May, the highest for a leader in five years.

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