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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia succession race in disarray after Anwar-aide arrest

Sex tape mudslinging hurts front-runners while Mahathir's son shows interest

The recent controversy over a sex video could impact who will succeed Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia's next prime minister.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- The contest between two men hoping to succeed Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has devolved into a mudslinging campaign, with police arresting an aide of anointed heir Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly leaking a sex tape smearing the opponent.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar and current Economic Minister Azmin Ali are both considered front-runners to succeed Malaysia's longtime leader. In the latest development, Anwar's aide was arrested by Thursday on suspicion of disseminating a video showing a man who resembles Azmin having sex with another man.

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