Mahathir Mohammad,, Oldest leader of the World

Malaysian politician Mahathir Mohammad  makes a history to become the world’s oldest leader at 92 after a stunning victory in the election, He crashed  60 years  of control by the ruling coalition. In his return to front line Malaysian politics, Mahathir  also ruled the country from 1981 to 2003  as Prime Minister, Mahathir,who  expected to be sworn in by Malaysia’s constitutional ruler, King Muhammad V, Mahathir Mohamad celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur , Earleir Prime Minister Najib had  conceded  his defeat.

Political Career

Mahathir, who governed the country for 22 years as strongest  leader of the Barisan Nasional coalition, came out of retirement to challenge the incumbent in the country’s  general election.The veteran politician’s coalition won 121 seats, enough to make a simple majority and take control of the House, the coalition that has led the country since independence in 1964, only won 79 seats,  in 2013 election they got 133 seats

Mahathir first announcement

After the shocking win ,Mahathir In his  press conference said that he would move quickly to end an unpopular sales tax, and said that among his first acts would be to arrange for a pardon for his political ally and one time political nemesis Anwar Ibrahim, to allow him to re-enter politics, Anwar remains imprisoned after being found guilty of sodomy in 2015, He said that the charges are politically motivated. Najib was also under fire because of deeply unpopular moves such as the introduction of a goods and services tax , which many Malaysians feel has caused the cost of living to spike sharply.  Mahathir was prime minister  for 22 years, from 1981 until he stepped down in 2003. Under his leadership, Malaysia became  the Asian tigers, the group of countries saw their economies expand rapidly in the 1990s. But he was an authoritarian figure who used controversial security laws to lock up his political opponents. his deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, was  accused of corruption and sodomy  and later jailed,

 

Mahathir childhood

Mahathir was born on 10 april 1925 at  his parents’ wooden Malay house No,18, Lorong Kilang Ais, Seberang Perak, he was youngest of nine siblings in the family and  his nicknamed  was Cek Det, Mahathir’s father, Mohamad bin Iskander was from Penang, an Indian with a Malay mother with ancestors from  Kerala in india  and he first  headmaster of an English school, Mahathir’s father was a school principal whose low economic status

 

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