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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Mahathir resigns amid political turmoil

King appoints nonagenarian as caretaker PM, as rivals scramble for power

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.    © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stepped down on Monday following an internal coup to form a new ruling coalition.

The prime minister's office said in a statement that the 94-year-old leader tendered his resignation to the country's monarch at 1 p.m. local time.

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