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The Surprise Election Result That Marks a Historic Power Shift

Mahathir Mohamad won a stunning victory in Malaysia’s election, ending the six-decade rule of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s party in a landmark shift for the Southeast Asian nation.

Mahathir, Malaysia’s longest-serving premier, who defected to the opposition to take on Najib, will return to power at the age of 92. His four-party Pakatan Harapan alliance won at least 112 of 222 parliamentary seats in Wednesday’s vote, official figures from the election commission showed.

“We are not seeking revenge,” Mahathir said. “What we want to do is to restore the rule of law.”

        

        

Former Malaysia prime minister, Mahathir Mohamed, center, speaks in Kuala Lumpur at a press conference following the 14th general election on May 10, 2018.

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Najib Razak, Malaysia's outgoing prime minister, center, at a news conference where he said he would "accept the verdict of the people", at the Barisan Nasional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 10, 2018. Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

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Mahathir Mohamad, incoming prime minister, right, speaks while sitting next to Wan Azizah, president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), candidate for deputy prime minister in a Mahathir government and the wife of jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, center, during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 10, 2018. Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

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Supporters of Mahathir cheer as they watch a live televised general election result announcement in Kuala Lumpur.

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A supporter of the four-party Pakatan Harapan alliance  watches the general election result broadcast on a large screen in Kuala Lumpur.

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Members of media wait outside Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak's house in Kuala Lumpur.

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A wall of pictures of Malaysian leaders at the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

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Clerks, top, display ballot papers for election commission officials to count at a polling station in the Desa Petaling area of Kuala Lumpur.

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Mahathir shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station.

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Election Commission of Malaysia officials sit behind a ballot box at a polling station in the Desa Petaling area of Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and some supporters show their inked fingers for a selfie photograph after voting at a polling station in Pekan District, Pahang.

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A voter fills out a ballot at a polling station in the Desa Petaling area of Kuala Lumpur.

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Voters wait in line to vote at Kampung Baru.

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Supporters listen to a Mahathir speech projected on screen via Faceook ahead of the 14th general election on May 8, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

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