More than 21 million people are eligible to cast their votes in the 15th general election, with analysts seeing no clear frontrunner among four coalitions seeking 222 parliamentary seats at stake.
The longest serving Malaysian leader shrugs off suggestion that he should retire due to his old age.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been summoned for an investigation into a list of lawmakers allegedly backing his bid to claim the premiership.
The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since a reformist government headed by Mahathir Mohamad, which included Anwar, collapsed in February amid bitter infighting.
The swearing-in capped a week of turmoil that began with Mahathir's resignation in an apparent bid to consolidate power, but ended with him sidelined and complaining of betrayal after decades dominating Malaysian politics.
Malaysia's king appoints seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as new PM but Mahathir Mohamad says he has support of 114 lawmakers for a comeback as prime minister for a third time.
The move averted a showdown between the men whose struggle has shaped Malaysian politics for two decades, but which risked sidelining both and returning to power the corruption-tarnished former ruling party they had defeated.
King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah accepted Mahathir Mohamad's resignation but also asked him to continue until a new government is formed.
Although Mahathir Mohamad's sudden departure from the top post came as a surprise to many political pundits, the country's power corridors have been strife with political bickering over the past week.
Malaysia king accepts Mahathir Mohamad's unexpected resignation, appoints him interim prime minister until a new cabinet is formed.
This year’s two-day event will focus on "Globalisation in Retreat: Risks and Opportunities" with panel sessions and talks by politicians and topic leaders from around the world.
At least 50 people were killed after a shooter opened fire inside two mosques in Christchurch. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days."
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