Newly-appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim continues to receive congratulatory calls from world leaders, as he proposes fewer cabinet ministers with likely reduced salaries.
Anwar Ibrahim puts Turkish President Erdogan's call on speaker during his first press conference as premier, telling Erdogan that Türkiye "stood by us as a good brother in difficult times."
The reformist leader has gone through many ups and downs. Here's how he reached the prime minister's office.
The country's King Al Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah made the announcement five days after the parliamentary election left no party with a majority to form a government on its own.
Barisan coalition will not support a government that is led by ex-PM Muhyiddin Yassin's alliance, its biggest component party says, though it makes no reference to Anwar.
As the country's constitutional monarch, King Al Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah plays a largely ceremonial role but can appoint a premier he believes will command a majority in parliament.
Barisan Nasional coalition said it would not support either opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim or former premier Muhyiddin Yassin in forming a new government.
Muhyiddin Yassin, a former prime minister, and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim both claim that they have the numbers to form a coalition government as king extends the deadline to Tuesday.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's reformist alliance secures biggest gain with 82 out of 220 Parliamentary seats, but falls far short of a majority after vote counting.
Mahathir Mohamad, also known as the 'Father of Modern Malaysia', suffers first electoral defeat in more than half a century after coming in fourth in a five-way fight in the country's general elections.
More than 21 million people are eligible to cast their votes in the 15th general election, with analysts seeing no clear frontrunner among four coalitions seeking 222 parliamentary seats at stake.
The group of 110 making the hazardous month-long journey included women and children.
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