KUALA LUMPUR — The wait for a brand new Malaysian prime minister (PM) entered its fourth day on Wednesday, after the main two contenders didn’t safe sufficient assist for a majority and break a hung parliament after final weekend’s election.
Malaysia’s king will choose the brand new premier, after opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim and former premier Muhyiddin Yassin missed his Tuesday afternoon deadline to place collectively an alliance with different events to type a authorities.
The fallout from Saturday’s election prolongs political instability within the Southeast Asian nation, which has had three prime ministers in as a few years, and dangers delays to coverage choices wanted to spur an financial restoration.
King Al-Sultan Abdullah is predicted to fulfill with lawmakers from the incumbent Barisan Nasional coalition individually from 10:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. GMT) on Wednesday to assist him decide who will probably be prime minister.
The constitutional monarch performs a largely ceremonial function however can appoint a premier he believes will command a majority in parliament.
Mr. Anwar’s coalition received essentially the most seats within the Saturday election with 82, whereas Mr. Muhyiddin’s bloc received 73. They want 112 — a easy majority — to type a authorities.
Barisan received solely 30 seats — its worst electoral efficiency since independence in 1957 — however assist from its lawmakers will probably be essential for each Mr. Anwar and Mr. Muhyiddin to get to 112. Barisan stated it could not align with both coalition on Tuesday.
Mr. Muhyiddin stated he had declined the King’s suggestion for the 2 rivals to work collectively to type a “unity government.” Mr. Muhyiddin runs a Malay Muslim conservative alliance, whereas Mr. Anwar runs a multiethnic coalition.
Mr. Muhyiddin’s bloc contains an Islamist celebration whose electoral features have raised fears in Malaysia, which has vital ethnic Chinese language and ethnic Indian minorities following different faiths. It has additionally spooked traders amid worries over the Islamist celebration’s potential affect on nationwide insurance policies.
Malaysian police this week cautioned the nation’s social media customers to chorus from posting “provocative” content material on race and faith after the divisive election. — Reuters