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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Mahathir gains Anwar's backing as prime minister

Race for leadership tightens amid political crisis

Malaysia's interim prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, says he has sufficient parliamentary backing to allow him to remain in office.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's interim prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, on Saturday declared that he now has the support of the coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim, which could allow him to stay on as leader.

As a political crisis roiled the Southeast Asian nation, the Alliance of Hope had earlier endorsed its leader, Anwar, as the next prime minister. But on Saturday it confirmed that it now supports Mahathir. It is unclear whether Mahathir has amassed the support of a majority of lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, but Mahathir says he has.

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