Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin Resigns

Lahore, 16th August: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin stepped down from his post after months of political crisis escalated in the loss of his majority.

According to details, after months of political turmoil and losing his majority, the cabinet led by Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin tendered its resignation to the king on Monday.

Malaysia’s Science Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced the news on his Instagram handle today. According to state news agency Bernama, PM Muhyiddin was seen entering the national palace on Monday to present his resignation to the king.

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According to reports from Reuters, in a televised address after meeting King Abdullah today, Muhyiddin gave confirmation of his resignation. Muhyiddin informed that he stepped down after losing majority support in parliament.

However, as per reports from DW, King Al-Sultan Abdullah said Yassin would stay in a caretaker capacity until a new government could be formed. The king has appointed Muhyiddin as the caretaker prime minister until a new one is found but did not set a timeline.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin’s resignation ends a tumultuous 17 months in office, the shortest period of a Malaysian leader. However, the King has announced that he will not hold elections because of a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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Therefore, King Abdullah announced that he will invoke his constitutional power to appoint a prime minister who he thinks will be able to command a majority.

 According to reports, as a caretaker, Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin will have no cabinet, but he will perform executive duties and advise the king until a new prime minister is appointed.

Muhyiddin said in his televised speech today, “I hope a new government can be formed immediately so that the administration of this country is not disrupted. The next two months are crucial, as we expect to achieve herd immunity in October.”

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On the other hand, it is still not clear who will form the next government, as no lawmaker has a clear majority in parliament.  The opposition bloc and the biggest party are now putting pressure on each other to support the prime ministerial candidate that they will put forward.

It is to be noted that Muhyiddin Yassin came in power after he took office with a small majority in March 2020 and was appointed by the king after joining hands with parties defeated in the 2018 polls.

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