Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan is preparing to meet with other senior royals to decide the next prime minister of the country’s hung parliament.
King set to rule on Malaysia’s next PM
Malaysia’s former ruling coalition has indicated it might support opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, reversing a decision to stay neutral and potentially helping resolve a political stalemate.
The Barisan coalition will not support a government that is led by ex-premier Muhyddin Yassin’s alliance, its biggest component party said, though it did not make any reference to Anwar.
Five days after an election, Malaysia still does not have a government as the two contenders do not have enough support for a majority, resulting in an unprecedented hung parliament.
The uncertainty over the election prolongs political instability in the Southeast Asian country, which has had three prime ministers in as many years, and risks delaying policy decisions needed to foster economic recovery.