Mahathir pledges to step down for Anwar, but not before November 2020

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest prime minister, promised on Tuesday (Dec 10) to hand over power to anointed successor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in spite of new sexual assault allegations against him.

Dr Mahathir, 94, told Reuters in an interview that he would not hand over before a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) countries that Malaysia is to host in November but could be ready after that.

“I made a promise to hand over and I will, accepting that I thought that a change immediately before the Apec summit would be disruptive,” Mahathir said.

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