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Malaysia king to choose prime minister in post-election crisis

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah will soon elect his next prime minister, state news agency Bernama reported on Thursday, citing information from the royal palace.

The palace statement came after the incumbent coalition said it would not support opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim or former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin to form a government, fueling a political crisis following decisive elections. I hung

Without the support of the incumbent Balisan, neither candidate will be able to reach the simple majority necessary to form a government.

The king had given political parties until 2pm (0600 GMT) Tuesday to put together the necessary alliance for a majority.

No single political bloc won a majority in Saturday’s election.

The election and ensuing turmoil have perpetuated political instability in a Southeast Asian nation that has had three prime ministers for years, risking delays in the policy decisions needed to stimulate an economic recovery. ing.

Uncertainty hits Kuala Lumpur stock market (.KLSE), fell for the second day on Tuesday. The sweeping election wins of Islamist parties have fueled investor anxiety, especially over policies on gambling and alcohol consumption.

The election victory has also raised concerns in multicultural Malaysia. The country has significant minorities of Chinese and Indians who follow other religions. The PAS Islamic Party advocates Sharia law.

malaysia police warned The country’s social media users were asked to refrain from posting “provocative” content about race and religion after the election split.

Anwar’s progressive coalition entered talks with Anwar’s longtime rival Barisan Nasional on Monday to discuss a potential alliance.

Malaysia’s dominant political force, the Balisan, ruled from independence from Britain in 1957 until it was ousted in 2018 following widespread corruption allegations.

Muhyiddin’s conservative Malay Muslim Alliance (which includes the Islamic Party) reiterated on Monday that he has majority support, but he did not identify his supporters.

Anwar’s coalition won 82 seats in Saturday’s elections, while Muhyiddin’s side won 73.

Barisan had the worst electoral record, winning only 30 seats, but both Anwar and Muhyiddin need support to win 112 seats, so they are crucial in determining who will form the government. play a role.

If Anwar and Barisan form an alliance, Malaysia’s politics will take another astonishing turn for the better. As opposition leader, Anwar has spent much of his career ousting his Barisans.

In the 2018 election, Anwar teamed up with mentor-turned-enemy Mahathir Mohamad to defeat Balisan.

A. Reported by Ananthalakshmi, Rozanna Latiff and Mei Mei Chu. Written by A. Ananthalakshmi.Editing by Jerry Doyle

Our criteria: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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