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).
32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say
JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.
Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.
Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.
“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.
Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.Follow @gorkhapost