King of Malaysia Appoints Former Deputy Prime Minister as New Prime Minister


On Friday, the Malaysian king appointed former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the new leader of the country. Muhyiddin Yassin resigned less than 18 months after taking office.

Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah said Ismail Sabri Yaakob secured the support of 114 members in the 222-seat parliament and gained the simple majority needed for control.

Ahmad Shah said a 61-year-old politician would become Malaysia’s ninth prime minister on August 21.

The monarch said in a statement that he wanted the new government to unite to tackle the country’s deterioration. CCP virus While causing a pandemic, he urged lawmakers to set aside political differences.

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Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Aziza Amina Maimuna to attend the coronation of Emperor Imagami of Japan at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on October 22, 2019. Arrive. (Curl Coat / Getty Images)

“Your Majesty has expressed hope that the appointment of the new Prime Minister will immediately end the political crisis and allow all members to unite and set aside the political agenda,” the royal palace said.

“The government should continue its immediate efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic for the benefit and security of the well-being of those and nations that are heavily affected by this crisis and the pandemic threat.”

The announcement was made after the monarch met the Malay ruler of the state who advised him on the appointment. Although the role of the king is predominantly ceremonial in Malaysia, he appoints the prime minister who he believes has a majority support in parliament.

Yaakob was Yasin’s deputy leader who resigned earlier this week after losing a majority of parliament due to the political turmoil of the coalition.

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will attend the online Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on November 20, 2020. (MohdRasfan / AFP via Getty Images)

The appointment of a veteran politician king essentially restores the Yasin alliance and restores control of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which was voted during the 2018 Malaysian general election in a multi-billion dollar financial scandal. ..

The Malaysian political party UMNO, also known as the “Grand Old Party,” dominated the politics of Southeast Asian countries from its independence from Britain in 1957 until its defeat in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

from NTD News

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