A former interior minister was sworn in as Malaysia's premier Sunday, marking the return of a scandal-mired party to power after a reformist government's collapse but ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 94, slammed the move as illegal.
Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad won the backing of old rival Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday for his return as prime minister, restoring a difficult alliance that collapsed this week when Mahathir's abrupt resignation plunged the country into political turmoil.
Malaysia's prime minister said Tuesday the surprise release of an Indonesian woman who was on trial for assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother followed the "rule of law", after suspicions of meddling amid an intense lobbying effort by Jakarta.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday criticized Australia's move to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying countries had "no rights" to do so.
The project has faced uncertainty since Mahathir Mohamad's coalition scored a shock victory at a May general election.
Authorities in Malaysia and the United States are investigating how billions of dollars went missing from 1MDB.
It was the latest pledge by the country's new reformist leaders to roll back repressive legislation introduced by scandal-hit ex-premier Najib Razak.
Mahathir Mohamad told Reuters in an interview that Malaysian investigators already "have an almost perfect case" against the principal suspects who had defrauded 1MDB.
The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished in March 2014 with 239 people -- mostly from China -- on board, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
The question for Malaysia now is how Anwar Ibrahim will get along with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, his ally-turned-foe-turned-ally, and what role he will play in government.