Malaysian PM Mahatir Mohammad announces to step down

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Malaysian PM Mahatir Mohammad announces to step down

*KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammad announces to step down from the top slot.*

Malaysia’s Mahathir announced to step down and hand over power to anointed successor Anwar Ibrahim in spite of new sexual assault allegations against him.

Mahathir, 94, told *Reuters* in an interview that he would not hand over before a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries that Malaysia is to host in November but could be ready after that.

“I made a promise to hand over and I will, accepting that I thought that a change immediately before the APEC summit would be disruptive,” Mahathir said.

“As far I’m concerned, I’m stepping down and I’m handing the baton to him. If people don’t want him, that is their business, but I will do my part of the promise… irrespective of whatever allegation. I made my promise, I keep my promise.”