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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia torn between Mahathir unity government and snap polls

King expected to name new leader Wednesday as 'coup attempt' fades

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad appears closer to returning as prime minister, after the failure of what has been called a coup attempt by his estranged party and the opposition that prompted the 94-year-old to resign Monday.

On his first day as the interim prime minister Tuesday, Mahathir met with leaders of nearly every political party to propose an all-party unity government.

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