Archive for July, 2018

After a gap of 15 years Dr Mahathir is once again Malaysia’s Prime Minister, and his re-election means he’s also a world record holder.

At the age of 93 today, he is now the Oldest current Prime Minister having been born on 10 July 1925.

Dr Mahathir also served as Prime Minister for 23 years from 1981-2003 and came out of retirement 15 years after stepping down as Malaysia’s Prime Minister to stand for re-election.

Having initially been a founder member of UMNO, which had been in power since 1957,  Dr Mahathir resigned from UMNO and formed Pakatan Harapan coalition ahead of May 9th 2018 election.

His election victory means he’s older than the two previous serving politicians who Guinness World Records has recognised as holding the title.

Previous Record Holders

King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

Saudi Arabian ruler, King Fahd, assumed the office of Prime Minister on 13 June 1982 on the death of his brother, King Khalid.

Born in 1921, he was the Oldest current Prime Minister by the time he passed away on 1 August 2005, aged 84.

King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz

After King Fahd’s passing, he was replaced as Saudi Arabia’s Prime Minister by King Abdullah, three year’s his predecessor’s junior.

King Abdullah was born in 1924 and remained in the post until his death at the age of 90 in January 2015.

But other politicians have stayed in power long enough to set records.

Other prime ministerial records

The Oldest appointed Prime Minister, where a politician has been made their country’s leader for the first time, is Morarji Ranchhodji Desai.

Born in 1896, he became Prime Minister of India in 1977 at the age of 81.

The Oldest UK Prime Minister in office is William Gladstone (UK, 1809-98), who was 84 years 64 days old when he left office on 3 March 1894.

At 93, the Tun is Malaysia’s political comeback kid and the world’s oldest statesman in power. I wish you well, Sir. Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad. You inspired me and men and women of my generation, although some of us may not agree with your politics. But we recognise you did things your way. Happy Birthday Sir Dr Mahathir.