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Malaysia Elections: Everything You Need to Know About a Political Earthquake

May 17, 2018

A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’

Just a few months ago, the political machine led by Najib Razak, the gilded prime minister of Malaysia, appeared so indestructible that a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal seemed unlikely to derail it. The end came so quickly, so completely, that even his opponents were shocked. — Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock and Alexandra Stevenson, May 15

Malaysia Opposition, Led by 92-Year-Old, Wins Upset Victory

In a historic election upset in a country that has been governed by just one coalition for decades, a Malaysian opposition bloc led by the 92-year-old former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad swept to a majority in national parliamentary elections. — Richard C. Paddock, May 9

Fierce but Frail, Malaysia’s Mahathir, 92, Aims to Topple Protégé

Mahathir Mohamad, who led Malaysia for decades with dagger-sharp rhetoric and increasingly autocratic ways, one of the world’s most durable political survivors, has engaged in yet another act of reinvention. This time, he is allying himself with opposition figures he once repressed in the name of beating his own former protégé, Najib Razak, whom he helped make prime minister in 2009. — Richard C. Paddock, Feb. 17

Now Free, Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim Attacks System That Jailed Him Twice

Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim, after years of bad blood and the imprisonment of Mr. Anwar, have retaken their places at the top of Malaysian politics: Mr. Mahathir is prime minister once again, at age 92, and Mr. Anwar, newly pardoned by the country’s king on Wednesday, is waiting to inherit the leadership. — Austin Ramzy, May 15

Trump Welcomes Najib Razak, the Malaysian Leader, as President, and Owner of a Fine Hotel

President Trump did not single out Mr. Najib’s patronage of his hotel two blocks from the White House, but he could have: the Malaysian leader was spotted entering and exiting the Trump International Hotel, with his entourage, on Monday and Tuesday. — Mark Landler, Sept. 12