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Malaysia's Anwar submits documents to king to show support to form new government

October 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Jailed former opposition leader and current Federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim greets supporters after his release from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. - The release of Anwar from prison marks yet another sharp turn in a roller-coaster political life that has left a profound mark on Malaysian politics and society. Anwar was pardoned and released on on May 16, 2018 after serving three years for a sodomy conviction widely considered a railroad job and now quashed following the stunning defeat of a Malaysian regime that had ruled for six decades. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday met the country's king and said he submitted documents proving his "strong and convincing" parliamentary support to form government and that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should resign.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Tuesday met the country's king and said he submitted documents proving his "strong and convincing" parliamentary support to form government and that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should resign.

Anwar said he had the support of over 120 lawmakers in the 222-strong parliament, disclosing his numbers for the first time since his announcement last month he had secured a majority from federal lawmakers to form a new government.

Anwar said it was now up to King Al-Sultan Abdullah to decide on the next step, but added Muhyiddin had lost his majority and should resign.

"I urge all parties to give space to the king to carry out his responsibilities under the constitution, and to go through the documents and call party leaders to confirm and receive their input and views," Anwar told reporters.

The king plays a largely ceremonial role but he can appoint a Prime Minister who in his view is likely to command a majority.

In March, the king appointed Muhyiddin as the Prime Minister after the unexpected resignation of Mahathir Mohamad, saying he believed Muhyiddin commanded majority support in parliament.

But scepticism over Anwar's challenge remains as no major party has offered a clear declaration of support.

One party, which is a member of the ruling coalition, has said some of its lawmakers supported Anwar.

Muhyiddin, whose seven-month-old administration has survived on a razor-thin parliamentary majority, had earlier dismissed Anwar's claims as a "mere allegation" and told him to prove his majority through a constitutional process.

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