Malaysia’s King issued a decision appointing Ismail Sabri Yaakob as prime minister to replace Muhyiddin Yassin, who resigned after losing a majority in parliament.
King Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah said the new prime minister would have to face a confidence vote in parliament after his appointment, adding that Ismail, 61, would be sworn in as Malaysia’s ninth prime minister on Saturday.
Sabri, who was Mohieddin’s deputy, took office while the country faced an increase in Covid-19 infections and an economic stumble, amid growing public anger over the way the health crisis was dealt with.
The palace said in a statement that Sabri had the support of the majority, as 114 members of the 222-seat parliament supported him.
It is noteworthy that, the King of Malaysia commissioned Muhyiddin Yassin to run the Council of Ministers’ work after accepting the resignation submitted by his government earlier.
The royal palace said that the country’s king, Sultan Abdullah Rayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, accepted the resignation of Muhyiddin and the entire cabinet and assigned him the tasks of handling government business until a new prime minister is appointed.
The statement added that the King also held a meeting with the Chairman of the Elections Committee, who informed him that as of August 10, 484 out of 613 electoral districts in the country were classified as red areas due to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, noting that the situation of health care facilities in the country is worrying, That is why the King believes that holding the 15th general election will not be the best option for the people’s safety and security.
“The King hopes that the prolonged political turmoil in the country that has hampered the smooth running of the country will end smoothly for the well-being of the people and the country’s economy that are threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement continued.
Muhyiddin Yassin lost his majority due to infighting in the ruling coalition, while opposition representatives demanded his resignation after being accused of lying to the House of Representatives and the king.
The prime minister defied calls to resign for weeks, saying he would prove his majority in parliament through a vote of confidence in September, but he admitted days ago for the first time that he does not have a majority and made a last-ditch attempt to lure the opposition, by promising political and electoral reforms in return for backing a vote of confidence. The offer was rejected unanimously.
It was not clear who could form the next government, as no deputy has a clear majority in Parliament, or whether it was possible to hold elections in Malaysia amid the outbreak of the “Corona” epidemic, and the king has the constitutional authority to appoint a prime minister from among the legislators elected based on who is believed That he could lead the majority, he chose Muhyiddin as prime minister last year after Mahathir Mohamad’s unexpected resignation.