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Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on May 18 unveiled more minister picks for his cabinet, which will be sworn in on May 21.

The 14-member cabinet list, which includes PM Mahathir and Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Deputy PM, basically divides the posts equally among the four component parties in the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition.

PM Mahathir backtracked on his earlier plan to take over the education minister, and gave it over to Maszlee Malik from his party, Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM).

Mohamed Azmin bin Ali from the People's Justice Party (Amanah) and also chief minister of the wealthy Selangor state, is named as minister of economic affairs.

Anthony Loke Siew Fook from the Democratic Action Party (DAP) is named as the minister of transport, while Gobind Singh Deo, another DAP veteran, is named as minister of communications and multimedia.

Salahuddin Ayub from the National Trust Party is named as minister of agriculture and agro-based industry.

Mahathir has said the government will have a smaller cabinet compared with the previous one, with 25 ministers in total. He has already named Lim Guan Eng as the finance minister, Muhyiddin Yassin as the home minister and Mohamad Sabu as the defense minister. 

Mahathir once served as the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003. Now, at the age of 92, he became the world’s oldest government leader.-VNA