(May 15): Mahathir Mohamad said he may stay on as Malaysia’s prime minister for “one or two years,” after earlier agreeing to step aside for jailed coalition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

In remarks on Tuesday, the 92-year-old said that Anwar -- a former enemy turned ally -- may just join the cabinet for a while after his expected release from prison on Wednesday. Mahathir also said he may soon bring a case against former Prime Minister Najib Razak, and took a shot at currency traders.

“In the initial stages, maybe lasting one or two years, I will have to be the prime minister and I will have to run the country,” Mahathir said via video conference to a Wall Street Journal event in Tokyo. “The reason why the public supported us is they have faith in the leadership of the opposition to resolve some of the problems.”

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