Making a stunning comeback after the retirement, Mahathir Mohamad was on May 10, 2018 sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Mohamad claimed election victory in the country’s General Elections 2018, becoming the world’s oldest Prime Minister at the age of 92.
Mahathir’s coalition, Pakatan Harapan, won 121 out of 222 seats. Mahathir’s coalition defeated the governing Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, which has been in power for more than 60 years. BN coalition managed to win only 79 seats.
Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib had earlier conceded defeat and said, “will of the people,” but also trumpeted the achievements of his government. The defeated Najib saw several members of his Cabinet, ministers and deputy ministers, defeated at the polls, and crashed out of eight of the battles for control of 12 state legislatures contested in the election.