It was the worst-kept secret in Malaysia. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad never wanted to hand the reins over to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as agreed by Pakatan Harapan (PH) months before Malaysia's first-ever change of government in May 2018.
But it was a necessary deal to muster the broad support needed to oust then premier Najib Razak, who had lost the favour of the widely influential Tun Dr Mahathir after the 1MDB scandal began plaguing the once dominant Umno since 2015.
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