Malaysia's King accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday (Feb 24) but has appointed him as interim premier.

Iran Press/Asia: Malaysia's king on Monday accepted Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's resignation but asked him to stay on in the role until a new premier is appointed and a cabinet formed, the country's chief secretary said.

Mahathir submitted his resignation amid a power tussle, Reuters reported.

"His Highness has given his assent to appoint Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as interim prime minister while waiting for the appointment of the new prime minister," Chief Secretary Mohd Zuki Ali said in a statement, using an honorific for Mahathir.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his resignation on Monday paving the way for a possible formation of a new government; in a two-line statement that Mahathir has informed the country's king of his resignation. 

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