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Malaysia in transition

With Muhyiddin, Malaysia's scandal-tainted parties return to top

Mahathir-Anwar spat gifts power to UMNO and conservative Islamic party

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's week of political turmoil has brought graft-scandal-tarnished political parties back to power, in effect undoing the historic 2018 election that was hailed as a victory for democracy and transparency.

Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in on Sunday as the country's eighth prime minister, replacing Mahathir Mohamad. Until recently the new premier had been considered nothing more than a dark horse candidate for the leadership, but he pulled off an internal coup by roping in former colleagues in the United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, and other opposition parties who lost in May 2018.

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