By Chester Tay
Malaysia’s king has named former deputy prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the country’s new leader, ending the political turmoil that ensued after caretaker prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigned on Monday.
The country’s royal palace said Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s decision was based on statutory declarations from 114 members of parliament endorsing Mr. Ismail.
Malaysia’s parliament has 222 seats, two of which are vacant, meaning that a candidate prime minister needs to secure the support of at least 111 members to have a majority mandate.
The palace said Sultan Abdullah’s move is supported by the Malay Rulers, who met Friday afternoon to make the decision. The Malay Rulers are the nine sultans that rule the country’s states.
The King also decreed that the new government must immediately prioritize efforts to handle the Covid-19 pandemic and urged members of parliament to put aside their political differences during the health crisis.
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