Malaysia's King Al-Sultan Abdullah had rejected Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's request for emergency rule amid a fresh spike in Covid-19 infections in the country.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been summoned for an investigation into a list of lawmakers allegedly backing his bid to claim the premiership.
King Sultan Abdullah was going to meet top leaders from key political parties to verify support for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who could replace Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since a reformist government headed by Mahathir Mohamad, which included Anwar, collapsed in February amid bitter infighting.
The question of who owns the oil-rich Sabah state resurfaced with the recent deportation of its Filipino residents.
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who will need the king's assent to replace current premier Muhyiddin Yassin, told a news conference his support from lawmakers means "Muhyiddin has fallen as PM."
China has faced criticism for its re-education camps, which many see as internment camps for Uighur Muslims.
Holding a former prime minister to account could mean a political shakeup and a dragged out court process.
Earlier today, ex-premier Najib Razak was found guilty of all seven corruption charges in his first trial linked to a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Authorities have detained the 26 refugees previously feared drowned. Malaysia does not recognise refugee status but is a favoured destination for Rohingya Muslims.
Muslim-majority Malaysia has long been a favoured destination for Rohingya Muslims seeking a better life after escaping a 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar and, more recently, refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin clears a major hurdle in parliament as lawmakers narrowly approved a motion to remove the lower house speaker, a vote seen as an important barometer of his support.
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