In a dramatic conclusion to one of the most tumultuous General Elections witnessed in recent memory, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, has officially been sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia by His Majesty KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong just moments ago.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has officially been sworn in as 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia
For 24 years, the senior politician has been the face of a reformation movement in the local political scene which began from his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister in 1998 under Tun Mahathir’s second tenure, leading up to two separate instances of arrests in 1999 and 2015 respectively on politically-motivated accusations of corruption and sodomy.
Initially, he was slated to have taken over the reins from Tun Mahathir upon Pakatan Harapan’s win during the 14th General Elections upon his release from prison. However, that transition in power failed to materialise and the PH-led government eventually collapsed upon a loss of majority support in 2020.
His appointment comes after five days of political limbo leading from the 15th General Elections in Malaysia. At the time, Pakatan Harapan won 82 seats, followed closely behind by Perikatan Nasional’s 73, leading to a hung Parliament to be declared as neither coalition held the necessary numbers to call for a simple majority. This would inevitably lead to political negotiations to take place between varying factions to secure allegiances to form a unity government.
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