Three key players: Mahathir, Anwar, Najib

PM Mahathir Mohamad has a second shot at governing Malaysia, and will be closely watched on how he goes about it this time. Anwar Ibrahim will give him space to run the country and offer advice on the new ruling coalition's wants. Meanwhile, former premier Najib Razak faces an uncertain future after the shock defeat of the 13-party Barisan Nasional coalition.

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