Political uncertenity grows in Malaysia

Dhaka, Thursday   02 April 2020


Political uncertenity grows in Malaysia

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:31 PM, 28 February 2020  

Mahathir Mohammad

Mahathir Mohammad

The political instability that started in the country has not stopped since the announcement of Mahathir Mohammad's sudden resignation as Malaysia's Prime Minister. Meanwhile, there has been new uncertainty as the king's of the country rejected interim Prime Minister Mahathir's plan.

On Thursday, Mahathir had announced that there will be a special session of parliament on March 2 to elect the new prime minister. He also said that if there is enough support for him, he will stay on as prime minister. 

But the announcement on Thursday angered his former coalition allies, led by Anwar Ibrahim, who said it was inappropriate for him to pre-empt a decision by the king, whose powers would be challenged by a vote in parliament. The coalition had earlier nominated Anwar as prime minister.

On Friday, the parliament speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, also contradicted Mahathir, saying that a special session can only be declared through an official decree by the king.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed resigned on February 24. However, till the appointment of the Prime Minister and the formation of a cabinet, the king of the country issued instructions to him play the role of interim Prime Minister.

Meanwhile,  Mahathir's own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, made a surpise announcement that it has nominated party president, Muhyiddin Yassin, as its candidate for prime minister.