Jakarta, IO – Anwar Ibrahim has officially become the new Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was appointed by Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah after the monarch held a special meeting with fellow rulers from the nine states, reported Merdeka, Thursday (24/11). Anwar was sworn in at 5 p.m. local time.
Anwar Ibrahim’s coalition Pakatan Harapan managed to secure the 112 seats needed to form a government. His coalition garnered the most seats (82) in Malaysia’s 15th general election, while rival coalition Perikatan Nasional, led by former PM Muhyiddin Yassin, won 73.
The election resulted in a hung parliament, as neither of the main coalitions managed to achieve a majority. This prompted the King to summon the Conference of Rulers to break the political deadlock. Anwar was finally named Malaysia’s Prime Minister after decades of waiting. (un)