KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysians voted in Saturday’s watershed elections. multiple parties nodding their heads in the headwinds of the global economy.
Nearly 1,000 candidates, the oldest of whom is 97-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, are vying for 221 seats. The latest survey shows that none of the three main camps are on track to win at least half of the seats.
The longtime opposition Hope Pact Leadership aspiring Anwar Ibrahim The mandate, which was won in 2018, was usurped by the incumbent National Front in unprecedented political maneuvering. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Ya’aqob’s United Malay National Organization (UMNO), the nucleus of the National Front, sees the loss as a blip in other respects. Run with uninterrupted power since independence.
Voting closes at 6pm local time and the results should be out early Sunday morning.
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Here are the latest updates (local time):
Monday, November 21st
1:45 p.m. The Malaysian king has extended the deadline for political parties to form a new government by 24 hours to 2 p.m. Tuesday, as Muhyiddin Yassin of the National Alliance and Anwar Ibrahim of the Hope Pact rushed to persuade minor parties to support them. “The king called on the people to remain patient and calm until the formation of the new government and the appointment of the tenth prime minister were completed,” the palace statement said.
Muhyiddin, who first claimed to have won a majority of newly elected MPs, Backed by the Borneo Party Acquired a total of 28 seats. Meanwhile, Anwar attended talks with the National Front in Kuala Lumpur on Monday afternoon.National Front led by Ahmad Zahid Hamidiwon 30 seats in House of Representatives election Held on Saturday. The Hope Pact officially won 82 seats. At least 112 people are needed to form a coalition government.
Sunday, November 20th
2:20 p.m. The palace issued a statement asking political party leaders to submit their coalitions of choice by 2pm local time tomorrow. Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Riyatudin is expected to make a final decision to end political uncertainty after Saturday’s general election ended in an unprecedented hung parliament, with political parties and A coalition cannot prove a majority.
3:45 am Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said his hope pact coalition had not enough support from lawmakers to form the next government, without providing details about which lawmakers or political parties supported him. The Hope Agreement formally won 82 seats, less than half of the total number of 222 seats in the House of Representatives.
“We are pleased to announce that we have won a majority [of seats]A majority means more than 111 seats,” Anwar told reporters. [Hope Pact] We have the largest bloc and we understand forming a government,” Anwar added.
3:20 am National Alliance Coalition leader Muhyiddin Yassin has declared that his alliance will work with other political parties to form the next government. The National Alliance, which has so far won 70 seats, is expected to link up with the National Front, which has 30 seats, and the Borneo party, which has won 31 seats. However, Muhyiddin added that he would not commit to any agreement with any party and that all negotiations would be completed by Sunday night.
3:15 am Anwar won the Tambun seat in northern Perak with 3,736 votes. He defeated former Federal Minister Faizal Azm, who represented the National Alliance Coalition.
2 am The Electoral Commission reports that of the 222 contested seats, the National Alliance, led by former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, has a narrow lead with 62 seats, ahead of Anwar Ibrahim’s Hope Pact with 61 seats. is doing. The ruling National Front has so far claimed 26 of his seats. .
12:00 am Anwar Ibrahim’s Hope Pact officially won 28 seats and is believed to lead in 65 constituencies, while former leader Muhyiddin Yassin’s National Alliance was declared the winner with 26 seats. , leading with 43 seats. The ruling National Front won 15 of his seats and is believed to be leading with 18 seats.
Saturday, November 19th
11:50 p.m. Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has failed to defend his seat in Langkawi’s parliament, an unofficial tally has confirmed.
Mahathir, 97, who has served as prime minister twice in a cumulative 24-year period, trailed the winner of the national coalition by more than 11,000 votes.
This is Mahathir’s first defeat in parliamentary elections since 1969.he was contesting his tenth term as Congressman
Mahathir told Nikkei Asia: recent interview that he would retire if he lost his seat.
Separately, Anwar Ibrahim, a would-be prime minister who leads the Hope Pact coalition, won more than 4,100 votes in Tambun constituency in northern Perak state, according to an unofficial tally. He defeated former Federal Minister Faizal Azm, who represented the National Alliance Coalition.
10:35 p.m. Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, chairman of the state-run Alliance, has won the Pago seat in the southern state of Johor, state news agency Bernama reported.
Meanwhile, unofficial tallies show Anwar Ibrahim’s Hope Pact leads with 64 constituencies, Muhyiddin-led National Alliance leads with 39 constituencies, and the National Front, which includes UMNO, with 19 seats.
9:20 p.m. Anwar Ibrahim’s Hope Pact leads in 54 constituencies, while former leader Muhyiddin Yassin’s National Alliance leads in 37 constituencies, according to unofficial figures. The ruling National Front trails behind in just 17 electoral districts. The counting of votes continues and is in various stages across the country.
8:20 p.m. The Hope Pact, led by Anwar Ibrahim, leads in 47 constituencies, while the National Front leads in 13 constituencies.
Unofficial results are obtained from each state vote center. Official numbers will be released only after all votes within the constituency have been completed.
7 pm The latest voter turnout data as of 4:00 p.m. shows a percentage of 70%, or 14.8 million eligible voters.
6 pm It’s polling place closing time. Then wait for the results.
Ballot boxes are sealed by Election Commission officials and taken to the tallying center. Each congressional district has one counting center.
At 3:00 p.m., voter turnout was 65%, or 13.7 million.
5:25 p.m. Due to bad weather, the Electoral Commission has suspended voting in Balam, Borneo. This means that the total seats available on Saturday will be 220 instead of the original 222. Another voting date for Balaam and Padang Serai will be announced in due course. Candidate’s death.
3:55 p.m. Some Malaysians took the opportunity to cosplay and participate in the voting by dressing up as superheroes such as Captain America, Predator, Iron Man and Power Rangers.
3:50 p.m. As of 2:00 p.m., more than 12.2 million voters, or 58% of eligible voters, have cast their ballots.
3:45 p.m. Voter turnout is one of the key factors to watch. Another is how young citizens vote. He is 1.4 million first-time voters out of 21.17 million voters after the minimum age was lowered from 21 to 18.
2:15 p.m. According to the Electoral Commission, 50% of voters had cast their ballot by 1 p.m., a slower pace than when voter turnout was 55% at the same time in 2018. But this year, the voter base has expanded, and by 1 p.m. he had 10.5 million voters, compared to his 8.22 million four years ago.
2 pm The Meteorological Department has warned of thunderstorms and heavy rain in parts of the southern state of Johor and Sabah on the island of Borneo.
1:50 pm The country’s Electoral Commission tweeted that 42% of voters had cast their ballots by noon. He had an 82% turnout in the last federal election in 2018.
1:20 p.m. After a morning drizzle, skies clear above the capital, but local media reports say voters in the hinterlands of Borneo’s Sarawak state are bravely voting against the floods.
1:00 pm Former Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin appear at polling stations to vote.
11:10 am Anwar Ibrahim, who heads the opposition coalition Hope Pact, arrives at a polling station in Penang to vote along with many other citizens. The prime minister and vice president of the ruling UMNO party, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, was also seen voting in Bela, Pahang.
8:00 am Once voting is fully open, Election Day is underway. A key question is how the monsoon season affects voter turnout. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued mixed forecasts for Election Day, with rain expected in parts of the country.
7:00 am The Polestar Merdeka Center for Opinion Research predicted in its latest survey on Friday that the opposition coalition Hope Pact would lead in 82 of the 221 seats, followed by the National Alliance in 43. toss up.