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The two-decade-long rivalry between 94-year-old, two time Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamed and his 72-year-old protégé turned rival turned partner turned rival turned partner Anwar Ibrahim erupted again in the new year.  

Mahathir originally said he would be a short-term PM after he lead a coalition to victory at the 2018 general election. But when coalition partner Anwar began agitating for his turn at the helm, the old stager dramatically resigned.

With the nation focused on the latest round of personality politics, dark horse candidate Muhyiddin Yassin emerged on February 29 as prime minister of Malaysia.