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Many Malaysians have high hopes for newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, but there are risks ahead. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)
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After the upset: What Mahathir's return means for Malaysia

Young voters have high hopes, but can the 92-year-old prime minister deliver change?

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer, and GWEN ROBINSON, Nikkei Asian Review chief editor | China

KUALA LUMPUR -- The people of Malaysia may have just elected the world's oldest prime minister, but Mahathir Mohamad's path to victory was cleared by fresh-faced politicians like 25-year-old Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.

Saddiq, who passed up a post-graduate scholarship to the University of Oxford last year to enter politics, beat a three-term ruling party parliamentarian in the rural seat of Muar in Johor state on his first try running for office.

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