Portraits of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his heir apparent Anwar Ibrahim. Photo: Reuters

Doubts over Mahathir’s handover to Anwar strain Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition

  • Malaysia’s ruling coalition came to power with a promise that Mahathir Mohamad would hand over the reins to Anwar Ibrahim
  • But the widely reported time frame of two years appears to be slipping, straining relations at the top levels of government
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Portraits of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his heir apparent Anwar Ibrahim. Photo: Reuters
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (centre) at the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Azerbaijan. Photo: Iranian Presidency/DPA

Malaysia ‘bullied’ into closing Iranians’ bank accounts, Mahathir says

  • Banks in Malaysia are reportedly closing the accounts of Iranian individuals and companies in a sign that US sanctions are having far-reaching effects
  • The Malaysian PM said banks were ‘forced to do this, because if we don’t, they will close our banks abroad’, without naming who ‘they’ are
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (centre) at the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Azerbaijan. Photo: Iranian Presidency/DPA
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