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Malaysian 14th General Election

Dr. Mahathir (middle), after winning the Malaysian 14th general election
Dr. Mahathir (middle), after winning the Malaysian 14th general election

Historical Context

Malaysian's 2018 general election was won by the Pakatan Harapan (PN) coalition throwing out the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition which had ruled ever since the country's independence in 1957, sending shock waves through the country.

PN's success was partly due to the return of 93 year-old ex-Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad to politics. When sworn in as Prime Minister after the election he became the world's oldest state leader.

Corruption had been a leading issue throughout the campaign and in the aftermath of the election investigations were restarted into the IMDB scandal, resulting in the arrest of former Prime Minister Najib Razak only months later.

Photo Info

Date taken: May 9, 2018
Location taken: Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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