Pakatan Harapan sweeps aside Barisan Nasional’s 61-year rule

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 10): Barisan Nasional, the world’s longest-ruling party, lost power after 61 years as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led Pakatan Harapan to a spectacular win in the 14th general election yesterday.

Pakatan won 116 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat as at 2.50am. BN had 76 seats while PAS took 17 seats.

However, it is understood that BN leaders are still trying to retain power by trying to forge an alliance with Parti Warisan Sabah and PAS.

While claiming victory at a late night press conference, Mahathir accused the Election Commission of withholding the results.

BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak did not make an appearance at the Umno headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre, but his deputy Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Umno vice president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein were there.

Najib is now slated to give a press conference at 11am today.

For 92-year-old Mahathir, who had been the country’s longest-serving prime minister of 22 years, this marks a remarkable comeback to politics as the oldest premier to assume office.