Ex-Malaysian leader Mahathir quits ruling party in protest

February 29, 2016 10:00 AM

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has quit the ruling party, saying it has been hijacked by embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to protect his own interests.

Najib has come under pressure to resign after documents leaked last July showed more than $700 million channeled into his private accounts. The attorney general decided last month not to prosecute Najib, saying most of the money was a personal donation from Saudi Arabia's royal family.

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