The shock election: How a Mahathir tsunami swept Malaysia

Malaysians woke up to a new dawn on May 10. For the first time in 61 years, the country had a new government, a new coalition in power. What drove the wave of voters - dubbed a Malaysian tsunami - to push for change? We look back at an election marked by twists and turns - from old foes making up to a former prime minister staging a dramatic comeback - and moments that led to history being made.

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