The vote was a show of strength intended to remove doubts over Anwar Ibrahim's authority to govern and the stability of his administration.
Newly-appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim continues to receive congratulatory calls from world leaders, as he proposes fewer cabinet ministers with likely reduced salaries.
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.
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.
The presence of familiar figures in the cabinet line-up raises doubts on whether the new government is up to the task of tackling challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
Malaysia’s king has picked as the new prime minister the deputy of Muhyiddin Yassin, who stepped down this week after losing his parliamentary majority.
Ismail Sabri's United Malays National Organisation was booted out of power after facing a storm of corruption cases, notably the 1MDB scandal.
Muhyiddin Yassin resigned as prime minister on Monday after less than 18 months in office amid infighting in his alliance and mounting public anger over what was widely perceived as his government’s poor handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Malaysia’s king called for an end to political bickering at a meeting Tuesday with party leaders as he began the process of selecting a new prime minister amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak.
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigned less than 18 months into his tenure, becoming the country's shortest-ruling leader after conceding that he lost majority support to govern.
UMNO's announcement could potentially trigger collapse of PM Muhyiddin Yassin's government and spark a general election.
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