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Mahathir won because he made development a priority: President Yameen

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018.
Malaysia’s opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has won a historic election victory, official results showed on May 10, ending the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday congratulated Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad on being elected as the new prime minister of Malaysia.

In the president’s message, he congratulated the newly elected PM on behalf of all Maldivians.

President Yameen noted that it was Dr Mahathir’s legacy of statesmanship and commitment to nation-building from when he last held office that won him the election.

He added that ” your reelect manifests the firm trust and confidence that the people of Malaysia continue to place in you to take on a promising chapter of development and progress.”

In the congratulatory message, the president highlighted the friendship between Malaysia and the Maldives. He further expressed hope that both countries will be able to continue to develop a “dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship.”

The 92-year-old Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 till 2003, had been in retirement until reemerging in politics to defeat the outgoing PM Najib Razak, who had been caught up in a multi-million dollar graft scandal.

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