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Ex-Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad expelled from own party


Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been sacked by the party he co-founded after sitting on opposition benches during a May 18 parliamentary session.

On Thurdays, A statement was made from the United Indigenous party of malaysia which is also know as Malay acronym and Mahathir Mohamad membership has been "withdrawn with immediate effect". 

Mahathir Mohamad was the party chairman and he was fired for not supporting the Government of Malaysia which is organised by the Prime minsiter (Muhyiddin Yassin) who he is the Bersatu president. 

In a letter circulated widely on social media, the party stated that Mahathir automatically ceased to be a member after he made a show of rejecting Muhyiddin's leadership as prime minister and party president by sitting with the opposition when parliament met last week.

An aide to Muhyiddin confirmed the letters were authentic.

Mahathir's office declined an instantaneous response to an invitation for comment because it had not yet seen the letter itself, an aide said.

Muhyiddin's move is being widely seen as an effort to consolidate power as he faces a possible challenge to his nascent premiership.

Mahathir, now nearly 95, was the world's oldest government leader until he unexpectedly quit in February, sparking a frantic weeklong power struggle.

The crisis ended with Muhyiddin, who founded Bersatu with Mahathir before joining a four-party alliance that won 2018 elections, being nominated because the prime minister.

Muhyiddin heads a replacement coalition backed by the United Malays National Organisation, the party once led by Najib Razak, who is unproved over corruption charges dating to his tenure as prime minister up to 2018.

Mahathir, who decided shortly after resigning that he wanted to be prime minister again, bitterly opposed the new government and denounced his former ally as a traitor.

Mahathir sought a confidence choose Muhyiddin on May 18 but the parliamentary sitting was restricted to an address by King Abdullah, prompting a furious Mahathir to say "democracy is dead" in Malaysia.

Four other legislators were faraway from Bersatu along side Mahathir, including his son, Mukhriz, who earlier this month was deposed as head of the regional administration in Kedah, a state in northern Malaysia, by an equivalent alliance-shifting that handed Muhyiddin the highest job.

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