President Donald Trump has congratulated Mahathir Mohamad on having been sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister.
Mahathir led an opposition alliance to a historic victory in Wednesday's election, ending the 60-year rule of the National Front. After a day of uncertainty and rumors the ruling party would try to remain in power, Mahathir was sworn in at a ceremony before Malaysia's king late Thursday.
Trump also congratulated all Malaysians on a peaceful and competitive campaign.
The statement issued by the White House press secretary late Thursday said the U.S.looked forward to working closely with Malaysia to strengthen ties.
Australia has congratulated Mahathir Mohamad on his election victory and anticipates a strengthening bilateral relationship.
Mahathir was a vocal critic of Australia when he was last in power and the two countries have since become free trading partners.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop say in a joint statement that Australia and Malaysia have a rich, broad and deep contemporary relationship, full of potential, and underpinned by shared interests and values.
They say their government looks forward to continuing to work with Malaysia to further strengthen the partnership and friendship between the two countries and peoples.
Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as Malaysia's 7th prime minister in a ceremony before the Southeast Asian country's king after leading opposition parties to a historic election victory.
Mahathir was Malaysia's prime minister for 22 years until 2003. He returned to politics to oust his former protege Najib Razak, who was tarnished by allegations of massive theft from a state investment fund.