Anwar named PM, ending decades-long wait for Malaysia’s top job

anwar named pm, ending decades-long wait for malaysia’s top job

Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been named the country’s 10th prime minister today, ending a five-day wait for Malaysians following the divisive 15th general election (GE15).

In a statement, Istana Negara said that the PKR president, who also was just elected Tambun MP, would be sworn in at 5pm in front of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

He is expected to lead a unity government.

The Agong had given political parties until 2pm on Tuesday to prove they had the majority to form a government and name their prime minister candidate.

However, neither Anwar’s PH nor Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional (PN) could demonstrate they had a simple majority in the Dewan Rakyat — which is at least 112 MPs out of 222 — by the time they were summoned for an audience with the Agong on Tuesday evening.

This led to the Agong convening a special meeting of the Conference of Rulers this morning to seek a way out of the political deadlock.

Anwar has been considered a prime minister-in-waiting since he was sacked by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as his deputy in 1998.

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