Shock: Opposition under Mahathir Seems to Win Malaysia General Election

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During the night of Wednesday, news agencies from around the world started to confirm that victory would be for the first time in Malaysia history in the hands of the opposition, under the leadership of ancient Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 92 years old.

According to Reuters, Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad said the opposition alliance he leads had won enough parliament seats in Wednesday’s general election to form the next government, but the count was continuing and official results so far did not back his claim.

The Election Commission sought to tamp down speculation about the outcome, but thousands of supporters of the Southeast Asian country’s 92-year-old former leader did not wait to celebrate, cheering and honking horns in central Kuala Lumpur.

Several key roads in the heart of the capital were blocked off by police amid growing evidence that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s coalition was on the back foot and could lose power for the first time since Malaysia’s independence six decades ago.

His party postponed an evening news conference until Thursday morning and said Najib, who has ruled the Southeast Asian country for nearly 10 years, would address the media at 11:00 am on Thursday.

The possible ruling of Malaysia by the opposition would set up a precedent in the 61-year old history of the country since declaring independence back to August 1957. The country has since been exclusively run by the Barisan Nasional (National Coalition).

By winning, a lot of new faces from the opposition are likely to emerge. While Malaysia wealth has been growing over the last three decades, it is expected that new impulsion -especially in the economic field including tourism and transportation- would be implemented. Ongoing important infrastructure projects should however not be altered by a possible change in government.

However, definitive results over the General Election should first be confirmed before to speculate about the future government of a new Malaysia…

(Partial source: Reuters)