Taib Mahmud sworn in as Sarawak governor
Published on Mar 1, 2014 2:47 PM
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Sarawak leader Taib Mahmud was sworn in on Saturday as governor of the Malaysian state he has been repeatedly accused of pillaging during his 33 years as its chief minister.
Despite moves to block his ascent, Malaysian media reported the 77-year-old received his instrument of appointment by the King on Friday and took his oath of office in Sarawak's legislative assembly, which he has controlled since 1981.
An opposition lawmaker's legal challenge was thrown out by the court earlier this week, while an online petition by rights groups urging the King to reject Mr Taib failed to gain traction after securing fewer than 3,000 signatures.
Mr Taib resigned as chief minister of the state on Borneo island in early February following mounting claims of corruption and environmentally disastrous policies.
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