The announcement of 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad comes after twenty-four hours of political crisis.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 94, has tendered his resignation to the king on Monday (February 24th), his office said after an attempt by his political allies to overthrow his government and prevent his designated successor from replacing him. .
The announcement of Mr. Mahathir, the oldest elected leader on the planet, comes after twenty-four hours of political crisis.
Opponents of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, in the coalition that won the May 2018 legislative elections and brought Mahathir back to power, tried to form a new government with members of the opposition.
They allegedly planned to exclude Mr. Anwar and most of the members of his party, thereby preventing him from becoming head of government.
Mr. Anwar and Mr. Mahathir have a stormy relationship but they were reconciled for the 2018 elections, and Mr. Mahathir has repeatedly promised to cede power to his former enemy.