KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mahathir has been sworn in as country’s seventh Prime before the country’s King hours after former premier Najib Razak said that he accepted the will of the people that handed Barisan Nasional (BN) a shock defeat.
The ceremony at the official state palace in Kuala Lumpur ended a day of uncertainty during which rumours swirled that the National Front, Malaysia’s ruling party for 60 years, would try to stay in power.
Dr Mahathir, following a series of press conferences in which he asserted that his Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition clearly won Wednesday’s vote and agreed to back him as Prime Minister, was granted an audience with the King, Sultan Muhammad V, at 5pm.
Dr Mahathir,92, was dressed in a traditional black “baju melayu” tunic and sarong, with an Islamic cap on his head.
Hundreds of Malaysians lined the road leading to the palace, waving party flags and cheering the 92-year-old Dr Mahathir.
At a press conference after being sworn in, Dr Mahathir reassured the financial community and said he would prioritise stabilising the economy and returning billions of dollars lost in a corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar
NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.
Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.
The injured are being transported to local hospitals.
The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.
Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.