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Malaysia Caretaker PM Muhyiddin Backs Former Deputy as Premier

  • Muhyiddin says decision is to ensure policy continuity
  • Malaysia’s king verifying support for PM hopeful Ismail Sabri
Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Ismail Sabri YaakobPhotographer: Vincent Thian/AP Photo
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Malaysia’s Caretaker Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin endorsed his former deputy Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the next premier, in a bid to ensure policy continuity as the country grapples with rising Covid infections.

Ismail Sabri has the support of 50 MPs from the former ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition to become prime minister, Muhyiddin said in a statement Thursday. Under constitutional law, any lawmaker who can command a majority in the 220-member parliament can stake a claim to form the government, and the king needs to give his assent to formalize the appointment.