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Zahid's comeback may reignite Mahathir's hostility towards Umno

Umno chief's return from sabbatical likely spurred by party's new pact with PAS

Not all in Umno are heralding the return of their president, fearing Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's sudden announcement on Sunday that he is ending his garden leave could lead to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resuming a hostile stance against the once-dominant party.

Just days before the end of his six-month sabbatical, former deputy premier Zahid was charged with 40 more counts of graft, bringing the total number of charges he is facing to 87.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2019, with the headline 'Zahid's comeback may reignite Mahathir's hostility towards Umno'. Print Edition | Subscribe