Najib: I will take a short break to spend time with family

Malaysia's Mahathir meets with king after stunning election win

"We believe that we can get most of the 1MDB money back. we have to increase the confidence of investors in the administration", he told reporters. People waiting outside the palace cheered, waved opposition flags and sounded vehicle horns.

"We pray it will be as soon as possible".

In the latest dizzying development after last week's shock poll results, Mahathir announced Friday that the king has agreed to pardon jailed leading politician Anwar Ibrahim, his former nemesis turned ally.

But Najib, who faces being investigated by the incoming government for alleged corruption, never appeared and the private jet, owned by Indonesian company Premiair, remained on the tarmac at Subang airport near Kuala Lumpur. "I hope we'll have a better Malaysia now".

In addition to naming Lim Guan Eng, a former state chief minister, as finance minister, Mahathir also named former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as home affairs minister and Mohamad Sabu as defense minister.

Razak's administration struggled to shake off claims that he was involved in a campaign to plunder state investment fund 1MDB, slammed by the USA as "kleptocracy at its worst".

Malaysiakini, a news website, quoted a source close to Mr. Najib who said the former prime minister and his wife planned to go to Jakarta for a two-day trip but would return.

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As for Najib's widely despised wife, Chin said she only had one choice. Amnesty International said Malaysia's first-ever change in government is an opportunity to "eradicate repressive policies" and put human rights first.

"After over four decades in politics and the recent election campaign, which was regrettably personal and perhaps the most intense in Malaysian history, I will take a short break to spend time with my family whom I have not seen enough of in recent years", Najib said in a tweet. One test for the relationship will be the degree to which the new Malaysian government cooperates with USA maritime efforts in the South China Sea.

He criticized a "fake news" law pushed through parliament by the National Front during the lead-up to the election.

The constitution, he said, only specifies that the prime minister must represent those with a majority in the legislature.

BN strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who lost his parliamentary seat in the election, said he wanted "a peaceful transition". "BN is committed to the principles of democracy", he added. Mahathir applauded the investigation of the 1MDB and Anwar is known to promote moderate Islam and be pro-West, which bodes well for the future of U.S. -Malaysia relations.

Najib Razak (C), chairman of Malaysia's ruling coalition and prime minister since 2009, attends a press conference in Kuala Lumpur May 10, 2018.

"He in fact has hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law", he said.

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