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Publish Date: 13:43 - 01 March 2020
Crisis continues to overshadow Malaysia's politics, with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad rebuking the designation of Muhyiddin Yassin as his successor, saying he feels “betrayed” by the newly appointed premier.

Political crisis grips Malaysia as Mahathir says ‘betrayed’ by new PMApparently we are going to see a man who does not have majority support will become the prime minister. This is a very strange thing because the result of the 14th election should be that the winners form the government, here we are going to see from the same election the losers will form the government,” Mahathir said at a news conference in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, referring to the 2018 poll.

"I feel betrayed, mostly by Muhyiddin. He was working on this for a long time and now he has succeeded," he added.

Mahathir’s reformist "Pact of Hope" alliance, which scored a landslide victory in the May 2018 election, collapsed after months of bitter infighting and the move led to the resignation of the 94-year-old politician last weekend. He was later reappointed as interim prime minister and promised to seek a vote in the parliament to challenge Muhyiddin's support mainly from the corruption-tarnished former ruling party.

After a week of uncertainty, the Malaysian king — a constitutional monarch — appointed Muhyiddun, the former interior minister, as the prime minister. He was officially sworn in on Sunday.

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