Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad has reiterated that he could stay for more than 2020

DOHA: Malaysia 94 year old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad | reiterated the prospect on Saturday that he could stay in office for more than 2020, refusing to give a definite commitment to stepping up.

Mahathir returned to power last year after facing a historic coalition defeat in connection with the corruption he previously led and which has been in power for six decades.

Mahathir led Malaysia for more than two decades before his retirement in 2003 which paved the way for the leadership of the now disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak | .

We have a vision to become a fully developed country by 2020. Unfortunately, after I dropped out, the leadership made a different course, different policies. And that has caused the target not to be reached by 2020, Mahathir said at the Doha Forum event in the Qatari capital.

We agreed we would still try, but we moved the success date between 2025 and 2030.

I promise to come down once I have solved some of the major problems left by the previous government. I promise that I will step down if a leadership candidate is named by the coalition.

Anwar Ibrahim, seen as the likely successor to Mahathir, had earlier said he hoped to reach him by May 2020, but Mahathir had repeatedly opposed him.

And on Thursday, Anwar questioned police about allegations he sexually assaulted a former aide, the latest such scandal to hit his career.