The 92-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who has returned to politics after a long time won a majority in parliament. And this historic victory of Mahathir`s alliance Pakatan Harapan - the Alliance of hope ends his former party the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition`s 60-year grip on power.
Election Commission of the country has already officially announced the results. According to the election commission chairman Mohammad Hashim Abdullah, the Pakatan Harapan got 121 seats. Their nearest rival The People`s Justice Party received 104 seats and Barisan Nasional (BN) received 79 seats.
Among the 222 parliamentary constituencies of the country`s parliament, a party or coalition can form the government if it gets 112 seats. Accordingly, the 92-year-old Mahathir`s alliance, Pakatan Harapan, formed the government after winning the majority of seats. Pakatan Harapan has already been recognized from Malaysia`s palace.
Mahathir Mohamad wants to take oath later on Thursday. Then he will be the world`s oldest prime minister.
When Mahathir Mohamad resigned from the Prime Ministership in 2003 after his 22-year rule, his one-time disciple Najib Razak led the Barisan Nasional (BN) later who has been embroiled in a massive corruption scandal. As a result, Malaysians faced an economic turndown. Mahathir called for his resignation. After Najib refused to step down Mahathir declared to compete from the opposition coalition, Pakatan Harappan.
After winning the election, Mahathir Mohamad told the journalists, "We do not want to retaliate; we only want to reinstate the rule of law."
Barisan Nasional (BN) has been in power since 1957, after the independence from Britain. But their popularity has declined in recent years due to corruption and nepotism. In the 2013 election, the opposition got many votes but did not get enough seats to form the government.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was later brought to jail for allegations of homosexuality. Ibrahim claimed that this was a political harassment case. In 2016, Mahathir Mohamad left the Barisan Alliance and formed a separate party. Later, he formed an alliance with the opposition.