Malaysian main opposition leader and reformist, Anwar Ibrahim, has been named the new Prime Minister by the King, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, which has effectively ended a political impasse that arose after inconclusive polls last weekend.
Anwar was named the country’s PM on Thursday after days of uncertainties following the divisive general elections which produced a hung Parliament and will be sworn in later today.
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“His Majesty has given consent to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia,” a statement from the palace said.
Anwar’s party, Alliance of Hope, had emerged as the largest bloc in Saturday’s election, winning 82 seats, short of the 112 needed for a majority, while former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s National Alliance won 73 seats, with its ally pan-Malaysian Islamic Party winning 49 seats, leading to a hung parliament.
Anwar’s party then emerged victorious after other smaller blocs agreed to support him to form a unity government.
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