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Malaysia New PM: the king of Malaysia appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister | World News


KUALA LUMPUR: The king of Malaysia appointed the experienced politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, overcoming Mahathir Mohamad’s attempt to return to power after a week of political turmoil that followed his resignation as prime minister.

The appointment of Muhyiddin, who heads the Mahathir Bersatu party, will ironically bring the National Organization of United Malaysia back to power, which was overthrown by the ruling Mahathir alliance in the 2018 elections.

Mahathir had said earlier on Saturday that he had won the backing of old rival Anwar Ibrahim for his return as a candidate for the alliance that collapsed with his resignation on Monday.

Muhyiddin will swear on Sunday, the palace said in a statement. Muhyiddin, 72, was the Interior Minister in the Mahathir government. Prior to that, he was deputy prime minister of the country in the administration of Najib Razak, who was defeated by Mahathir in the 2018 national elections.

The monarch made the decision after receiving representations of all party leaders and independent members of parliament, the palace said in a statement.

“The king is of the opinion that the member of parliament who may have the support of most members of parliament is Muhyiddin Yassin,” the palace said.

“His majesty has decreed that the process of appointing a prime minister cannot be delayed … (and) this is the best decision for everyone,” the statement said.

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