Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister on Thursday following his stunning election victory over the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for six decades since independence from Britain. Mahathir, at age 92, is the oldest elected leader in the world. The Election Commission announced the result long before dawn and there was some worry over the time taken to swear in the new prime minister. Mahathir dismissed any doubts he would be prime minister. “I got up late, lots of people got up late,” he replied when asked why there was a delay in swearing him in. Mahathir’s alliance of four parties trounced the former prime minister Najib Razsak’s Barisan Nasional (BN). It was the first time the party had ever lost an election.…



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