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TIMELINE: Every key event in the past 48 hours that could explain why Mahathir resigned

He will be interim PM until a new Cabinet is formed.

Mahathir may be education minister until April while choosing Maszlee’s replacement

The PM has been vocal about his desire to implement bold educational reforms.

Azmin Ali was second most Googled person in Malaysia this year – here’s who took top spot

Earlier in the year, Azmin was embroiled in a gay sex video scandal that stirred much controversy. 

‘I made my promise, I keep my promise’: Mahathir confirms handover to Anwar despite sexual assault allegations

"If people don’t want him, that is their business, but I will do my part of the promise... irrespective of whatever allegation."

Anwar denies sexual harassment allegations by male ex-staff in viral video

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Anwar said: "The level of gutter politics in this country... (has) become a culture and is disgusting."

Mahathir tells FT there are no plans to step down in 2020 – and admits he may be the best person to run Malaysia right now

The actual time he will step down depends on "the problems that we face", he said.

‘I am satisfied’: Mahathir defends arrest of 12 suspected terrorists under a ‘repressive’ law PH promised to abolish

“I was briefed by the police, and they gave me the reasons behind their action, and I am satisfied with them,” Bernama quoted him as saying.

Mahathir shot up over 400 places on this year’s list of 500 influential Muslims – but Singapore’s President still ranked higher

Also on the list were politicians Halimah Yacob, Anwar Ibrahim and Wan Azizah, and controversial preacher Zakir Naik.