Former Malaysian PM Najib resigns from his party

Mahathir Mohamad supporters celebrated in the streets after the 92-year-old's victory

"I respect this instruction and will stay in the country with my family", he tweeted.

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) speaking at a press conference after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting on May 11, 2018.

The election result is a political natural disaster for the Muslim-majority country, sweeping aside the 60-year rule of the National Front and its leader Najib Razak, whose reputation was tarnished by a monumental corruption scandal, a crackdown on dissent and the imposition of an unpopular sales tax that hurt many of his coalition's poor rural supporters.

"I have been informed that the Immigration Department does not allow me and my family to go overseas".

The alleged graft scandal against Najib was reported in 2015 and reports said that Najib's bank account received $700 million from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund (1MDB), set up in 2009 to promote economic development.

Anwar's expected release paves the way for him to be handed power by Mahathir Mohamad, 92, who was sworn in as the world's oldest leader Thursday following his alliance's stunning election victory.

Earlier, an angry crowd descended on the airport in a bid to stop them from leaving. It was only allowed to pass after those inside rolled down a window to prove Najib was not in the van.

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"We have the right to know who is inside the auto, as a citizen I will fight for that", Raja Singham, a 49-year-old businessman, who had tried to block the van from entering the airport, said.

Guess no one saw that (or the many surprises that we've witnessed in the past few days) coming back then.

He denied any wrongdoing and was cleared by Malaysia's attorney-general, even as USA authorities alleged that over $4.5 billion was stolen from the fund in a fraud orchestrated by a financier known to be close to Najib and his family.

"The government is anxious they could be sensitive and important, and could be taken out of the country".

The US State Department alleges in civil lawsuits that $4.5 billion was pillaged from 1MDB in an audacious scheme of fraud and money-laundering, and funnelled to the United States where it was used to buy everything from artwork to high-end real estate.

Najib further said, "After 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".

Mr Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, is serving a prison term for the politically-motivated charge of sodomy. Mahathir jailed Lim during a political crackdown in October 1987 that he said was aimed at preventing racial riots, and again in 1998 under the Sedition Act.

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