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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's next leader: More Mahathir?

With politics in disarray, 94-year-old enhances power as kingmaker

KUALA LUMPUR -- As Malaysia's political parties jockey for power after Mahathir Mohamad's resignation as prime minister Monday, a handful of figures -- previously designated successor Anwar Ibrahim, Anwar's wife, or even Mahathir himself --  are now seen as the most likely candidates to take the reins.

But with none having yet gained the necessary majority support in the lower house of parliament, a word from Mahathir about the next prime minister, or even the withdrawal of his resignation, could prove decisive.

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