Malaysia PM suggests he could stay in office beyond 2020

Mahathir Mohamad was unexpectedly elected as Malaysian prime minister in 2018 as the head of a coalition government. (Reuters)
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Updated 14 December 2019

Malaysia PM suggests he could stay in office beyond 2020

  • Mahathir Mohamad promised on Dec. 10 to hand over power to his anointed successor Anwar Ibrahim

DOHA: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad suggested on Saturday he may seek to stay in power after 2020.
Asked at the Doha Forum in Qatar if he would step down in 2020, he said he wanted to fix problems created by the previous government before resigning. He also said he could not guarantee who would succeed him as prime minister.
Mahathir promised on Dec. 10 to hand over power to his anointed successor Anwar Ibrahim, in spite of new sexual assault allegations against him, and that he may hand over power after a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries that Malaysia is to host in November 2020.
Mahathir was unexpectedly elected in 2018 as the head of a coalition government whose largest party is led by Anwar, 72, who has been jailed twice on separate counts of sodomy and for corruption — charges he said were political.


Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Updated 18 February 2020

Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

KABUL: Afghanistan’s independent election commission says President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president.
The commission announced Tuesday that Ghani garnered 50.64% of the vote that took place on Sept. 28 last year to challenger and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah’s 39.52%.
Election results were repeatedly delayed amid accusations of misconduct and technical problems with counting ballots.
Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the election commission, has said previously that 1.8 million Afghan citizens voted in the election out of some 9.6 million eligible.
The results come days after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from the country.