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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia parliament to vote for a prime minister on Monday

If no one secures majority, snap election is only choice, Mahathir says

Malaysia's interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, left, and Anwar Ibrahim, his long-time rival. (Source photos by Reuters)

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian parliament will vote to pick a prime minister on March 2, and a snap election will be called if no one emerges a clear winner, interim premier Mahathir Mohamad announced on Thursday.

He said King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin was not able to determine if anyone had a clear majority, even after private audiences with all 221 members of parliament, excluding himself.

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