Malaysia polls: Opposition leader scores shock win

May 10, 2018, 7:40 AM EDT
Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad is set to be sworn in as the new prime minister.
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Malaysia’s opposition leader and former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad knocked the country’s ruling coalition out of power in the most dramatic political upset the country has seen in its electoral history.

Although no single party could muster an absolute majority, Mahathir insisted that he would be sworn in as the prime minister following his shock victory, notes Reuters.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has been in power for past 60 years and observers believe the transition of regime wouldn’t be smooth in the wake of this political turbulence, reports the BBC.