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Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim becomes new Malaysian prime minister

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Malaysia’s long-time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will become the country’s new prime minister, King Abdullah decided on Thursday after extensive consultations with all political factions. The 75-year-old Anwar was to be sworn in later Thursday. His Alliance of Hope (PH) alliance won 82 of the 222 parliamentary seats in Saturday’s general election, well short of a majority. Since then, there have been complicated negotiations because the second-placed coalition National Alliance (PN), with its 73 seats, also tried to form a majority capable of governing. Anwar has now managed to secure the …

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