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Malaysia Leader Wins Budget Vote, Passes Key Leadership Test

  • Vote on 2021 budget seen as a de facto confidence test
  • Muhyiddin under pressure to call election once pandemic eases
Muhyiddin Yassin, center, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. 

Muhyiddin Yassin, center, in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. 

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Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin survived a key test of his leadership on Thursday when he won enough support in parliament for his 2021 budget.

House Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun determined that the budget was passed in a voice vote. Just 13 lawmakers called for votes to be counted individually, fewer than the 15 required for bloc voting to be held. The results will ensure Muhyiddin, who took power in March, remains in office for now as the budget enters a second round of debates next week.