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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia drops Najib-era graft cases spearheaded by Mahathir

Dismissed charges raise concerns country is turning soft on corruption

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, arrives in court on June 1. Najib faces verdicts on 1MDB-related charges next month.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- As Malaysia awaits a verdict in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, the judiciary has dropped graft cases against prominent figures tied to his party.

A power struggle is playing out between former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the incumbent, Muhyiddin Yassin, who is seen as close to the Najib faction. With the cases spearheaded by Mahathir having been withdrawn, some have raised concerns that the country may be heading back to an era tainted by corruption.

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