Electoral uncertainty in Malaysia deepened on Tuesday after a political faction refused to support either reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim or rival Malay nationalist leader Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister.
Electoral uncertainty in Malaysia deepened on Tuesday after a political faction refused to support either reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim or rival Malay nationalist leader Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister. Due to this impasse, the eyes are now fixed on the Sultan Shah of the country, who summoned both the leaders to resolve the impasse. The elections held in Malaysia three days ago resulted in a fractured mandate with no one getting a clear majority. Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope) won 83 parliamentary seats in Saturday’s election, but needed 112 for a majority.
The Malay-centric Perikatan Nasional (National Alliance) of former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin won 72 seats. Both rival parties need the support of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which has 30 seats, for a majority. But UMNO’s National Front coalition decided on Tuesday not to support either of them and sit in the opposition to form a government. An influential group on the island of Borneo, which has supported Muhyiddin in the past, has said it will leave its decision to the Shah.
The Sultan of Malaysia, Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, summoned both Anwar and Muhyiddin to the royal palace to end the standoff. The Sultan’s role in this regard is largely ceremonial and he appoints as Prime Minister the person he thinks has the majority. “No decision has been taken yet,” Anwar told reporters outside the royal palace. He said Sultan Abdullah expressed his desire to form a stable and inclusive government during the meeting.
The Muhyiddin faction includes a hardline Islamist party whose rise to power could deepen ethnic divisions in the multi-ethnic country. The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party is the biggest winner with 49 seats, which has doubled from 2018. The party, popularly known as PAS, supports Islamic Sharia law and is currently in power in three states. PAS is the largest party in the parliament.
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