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Tuesday February 25, 2020

Sudden resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad


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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday suddenly submitted his resignation to the king who accepted it, but appointed him as interim prime minister until the appointment of his successor, according to an official statement. The resignation comes after months of tension in the ruling coalition.

Prime Minister of Malaysia introduced Mahathir Muhammad On Monday, he resigned in a surprise move after months of tension in the “coalition of hope”, which surprisingly won the 2018 elections.

While uncertainty has clouded the fate of the ruling coalition, Mahathir submitted his resignation To the king He accepted it but appointed him as a temporary prime minister until a successor was found, according to an official statement.

Mahathir, the world’s oldest 94-year-old, has been called in to stay in power by his allies, who insist he has not backed the formation of a new government and resigned because he feels disgust at the plot.

Political developments began on Sunday when opponents of Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir’s presumed successor and former opposition icon who has been jailed for sodomy charges for years, from the ruling coalition and opposition politicians held a series of meetings in Kuala Lumpur that fueled speculation about the formation of a new alliance.

Anwar – whose relationship with Mahathir has long been fluctuating – said that the prime minister assured him on Monday that he “had no role” in the attempts to form a new government, adding that he was “very clear on the issue that he will never work with those associated with the previous regime.”

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Anwar and Mahathir set their differences aside and united their ranks to topple a government that was rife in corruption in the 2018 elections. Mahathir, who served as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, pledged before the elections to hand over power to Anwar but repeatedly refused to set a date for that.

Shortly before his resignation, the Mahathir “Persato” party announced that it would leave the ruling coalition while a number of deputies resigned from the Anwar party, causing the collapse of the “Alliance of Hope” and raised speculation that there are ongoing efforts to form a new alliance.

Their volatile relationship has dominated the political scene in Malaysia for two decades. In the 1990s Mahathir sacked Anwar from the government before the latter was convicted of corruption and sodomy, in a case that some saw as politicized.

Tensions have long typified the “Alliance of Hope”, while their popularity has plummeted as their opponents accuse them of neglecting the Malay Muslim majority, which is the majority in the country, and the failure to implement reforms.

The issue of ethnicity and protection of Malay rights is a very sensitive issue in Malaysia, which Muslims make up 60 percent of its population but also includes large Chinese and Indian ethnic minorities.

/ AFP

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