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Kuala Lumpur: Anwar
Ibrahim has been sworn in as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister. Interestingly, the 75-year-old politician had earlier been lined up for the post in the early when he was suddenly sacked and jailed.
The politician took the oath of office in front of King Sultan Abdullah
Sultan Ahmad Shah
at the palace in Kuala Lumpur shortly on Thursday afternoon, hours after he had been named to the top job by the monarch, as reported by AlJazeera.
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah had taken control of the process of forming a new government after Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition won the majority of seats in the election but was unable to reach the 112-seat parliamentary majority mark needed to form a government.
The second-highest number of seats was won by rival conservative Malay-Muslim Perikatan Nasional coalition under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin
. Negotiations were then carried out by both parties to form an alliance and a government. However, they were unable to make headway and the decision was entrusted to the King.
the king met Anwar and Muhyiddin, as well as newly elected members of parliament
to canvas their views on who should lead the new government. Following a meeting of the royal households, Anwar was announced as the leader. The king added that he was convinced that Anwar had the support of the majority of Malaysia’s 222 members of parliament.