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Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim to meet king in decades-long push to become PM

2020-10-13 09:51:04       source:The Guardian

October 13, 2020

Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, will at last be granted an audience with the king on Tuesday, a meeting his supporters hope could lead to the culmination of his decades-long quest to lead the country.

Anwar stated last month that he had majority support from lawmakers required to form a new government, but an earlier meeting was postponed because the king was in poor health.

It follows months of political instability which began when former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad unexpectedly resigned in February, prompting the collapse of the government. Mahathir had pledged to hand over power to Anwar, his alliance partner. Amid the chaos, the king met all 222 MPs to determine which potential leader commanded majority support, naming Muhyiddin Yassin prime minister in March.

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