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Malaysian PM Mahathir names himself new Education Minister

IANS  |  Kuala Lumpur 

announced that he will also be Malaysia's as he outlined his plans for posts in the new government on Thursday.

Former opposition leader Mahathir, whose Pakatan Harapan coalition won last week's elections, spoke to around 80 people about education and the composition of the new Cabinet.

Mahathir, who also served as from 1981 to 2003, on Monday, online reported.

He is slated to become the new Education Minister, with his wife and taking the women's affairs portfolio.

Mahathir held the education portfolio in 1974 before becoming in 1976. When asked why he wanted that portfolio, Mahathir joked: "Because many people in seem to be uneducated."

The 92-year-old and the world's oldest sitting also added that Malaysia's of Societies on Wednesday approved the registration of the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition, which is made up of the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and the Parti Amanah Negara.

Malaysia's contentious May 9 election saw the demise of former Prime Minister Najib Razak's government and the victory of the opposition.

That political change led to the release from prison of Anwar Ibrahim, who had been jailed for sodomy, as well as intensifying scrutiny of Najib, accused of channelling $681 million into his own from the (1MDB) state fund.

Malaysian authorities last week barred Najib from leaving the country and police had over the past few days searched his apartments in

The former Prime Minister denies claims of corruption and has said the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family.



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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:24 IST