Malaysian PM Mahathir sends resignation letter to king

Mahathir Mohamad

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has submitted a letter of resignation to Malaysia’s king, his office said on Monday

The fate of Malaysia’s ruling coalition had been in doubt after surprise weekend talks between it and opposition groups on forming a new government that would exclude Mahathir’s anointed successor Anwar Ibrahim.

“The letter has been sent to His Royal Highness the King at 1 pm,” Mahathir’s office said in a statement.

The tussle between old rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, has shaped Malaysian politics for decades and tension has persisted, despite their alliance to win 2018 elections based on a promise that Mahathir would one day cede power to Anwar.