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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Mahathir says he's not running in next election

Former prime minister vows to keep fighting corruption

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Photo by Wong Ying Xian)

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Kyodo) -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday he will not be contesting in the next election, but that will not stop him from fighting against corruption through his new party.

"I want to stay a bit longer but I thought I will serve for a short period," he told Kyodo News in an interview in his office at the federal administrative capital, Putrajaya. "But I will not be contesting in the 15th election."

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