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Mahathir names three Cabinet ministers, sets up council of elders

IANS  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Newly-elected Malaysian on Saturday named three ministers in his "small Cabinet" and announced the establishment of a "council of elders" to advise the government, taking the first step in governing the country.

The three new ministers -- all leaders of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition parties -- were Lim Guan Eng, Defence and Minister of Home Affairs Muhyiddin Yassin, reported.

Mahathir announced the appointments after a meeting attended by key PH leaders.

The three names fell short of his earlier promise to announce 10 ministers and were much fewer than the previous number of over 25.

Mahathir, admitting that "many of us have less or no experience regarding a government", said some expertise of those with knowledge or previous knowledge of any administration needed to be tapped.

He said a special team of eminent persons, called the "council of elders", was formed to advise the government on economic and financial matters during the transitional period.

The council included former Daim Zainuddin, former Central Bank Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former national firm Hassan Merican, renowned billionaire and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, an

According to Mahathir, the team will assist in shaping up policies and programmes to achieve the 100-day promise that PH had made to the people.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 17:18 IST