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Monday, April 16, 2018, 12:57
Ex-Malaysian PM Mahathir to contest seat in parliamentary poll
By Xinhua
Monday, April 16, 2018, 12:57 By Xinhua

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, displays the opposition manifesto placard during a political opposition alliance event in Shah Alam, Malaysia on March 8, 2018. Malaysia's main opposition announced late April 15, 2018 that former PM Mahathir Mohamad would contest the parliamentary seat of the resort island of Langkawi in the general election to be held on May 9.(VINCENT THIAN / AP)

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's main opposition announced late Sunday that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad would contest the parliamentary seat of the resort island of Langkawi in the general election to be held on May 9.

The 92-year-old Mahathir is now leading the multi-party opposition of Pakatan Harapan or the Alliance of Hope against the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which he led as the country's prime minister for 21 years.

He joined the opposition after falling out with incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Mahathir once served as a medical officer in Langkawi before his political career. He transformed the island into a tourism hotspot during his time as prime minister from 1982 to 2003. 

READ MORE: Malaysian makeover: At 92, Mahathir seeks to be PM again

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