Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim plans new government
Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim says he has secured a majority in parliament to form a new government that is “strong, stable and formidable.”
Mr Anwar said he has been granted an audience with the King but it has been postponed as the King is in hospital for treatment. He said he will not reveal details until after he has met the king.
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Mr Anwar, who will need the King’s assent to replace current premier Muhyiddin Yassin, said his support from members of parliament “means that the administration of Muhyiddin has fallen”.
“We have a strong, formidable majority. I’m not talking about four, five, six [seats], I’m talking about much more than that,” said Mr Anwar, who did not give any numbers but said it was close to two-thirds of the 222 members of parliament.
“We need a strong, stable government to run the country and save the country.”
There was no immediate response from Mr Muhyiddin, who is due to give a televised speech later on Wednesday.
Anwar Ibrahim’s tumultuous political career
The Opposition Leader’s claim comes less than seven months after Mr Muhyiddin clinched the premiership following political turmoil that saw the collapse of the previous administration under Mahathir Mohamad.
Should Mr Muhyiddin get an audience with the King first, he could advise him to dissolve parliament and trigger snap national polls.
Mr Muhyiddin came to power in March after securing a parliamentary majority with the support of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which was defeated in the 2018 election.
His opponents have accused him of grabbing power by shifting alliances instead of earning it at the ballot box.
But the premier has a razor-thin majority and there has been speculation he could seek an election to win a stronger mandate.
Mr Anwar, 73, has had a tumultuous political career over the past two decades.
At first a rising star of Malaysian politics, he was jailed for sodomy and corruption after a feud with the Government, spending nearly 10 years behind bars on charges that he and his supporters have described as a plot to destroy his political career.
But he was granted a royal pardon in 2018, as part of the deal with Mr Mahathir for him to succeed the premiership.