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Malaysia sex video scandal fuels Mahathir succession rumor mill

PM blames 'gutter politics' as favorite minister is caught in power struggle

From left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali and ruling coalition leader Anwar Ibrahim. (Reuters, AP)

KUALA LUMPUR -- A year after sweeping into power, Malaysia's ruling coalition is embroiled in a sex scandal that has echoes of one that landed former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in jail two decades ago.

The controversy erupted on June 11, when sex videos involving two men were shared with journalists on WhatsApp. The caption alleged that one of the men was Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, a close aide to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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