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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Mahathir forms new party to take on Muhyiddin

At 95, former PM declares 'third force' ahead of rumored snap election

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, announces that he is forming a new party with his son, Mukhriz Mahathir, left, on Aug. 7. (Photo by P Prem Kumar)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday launched a new political party, as he gears up for a possible snap election that would give him a shot to topple the man who replaced him.

Speaking to reporters, the 95-year-old Mahathir said tentatively that he would chair the still nameless party while his son, Mukhriz Mahathir, would be president. He said the necessary registration papers have yet to be submitted, but that this would be done as soon as possible.

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