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Anwar-Azmin feud over Malaysia gay sex videos seen cooling after Mahathir's handover pledge

Malaysian PM commits to three-year time frame for transfer of power to PKR president

The heated dispute between Malaysia's would-be future leaders over gay sex videos has been doused after Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad repeatedly reaffirmed his commitment to hand over power to his former protege Anwar Ibrahim - even promising, for the first time, a three-year time frame.

Tun Dr Mahathir, who turns 94 next month, and Datuk Seri Anwar, president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), had struck a conciliatory tone in the past week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline 'Anwar-Azmin feud seen cooling after Mahathir's handover pledge'. Print Edition | Subscribe