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Malaysia in transition

Muhyiddin Yassin: Dark horse candidate emerges as Malaysia's PM

Ascent to power required snubbing Mahathir and former coalition partners

Malaysia's Prime Minister Designate and former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves to reporters before his inauguration as the 8th prime minister, outside his residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 1.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's Muhyiddin Yassin was never considered as a prime minister-candidate in the week-long political crisis which pushed incumbent Mahathir Mohamad to resign. The race was always between Mahathir and his protege-turned-rival-turned-ally Anwar Ibrahim.

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