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Malaysia’s UMNO Says Parliament Dissolution is PM’s Prerogative

Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, on Sept. 23.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, on Sept. 23.

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Malaysia’s ruling party said it is Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s prerogative as to when parliament would be dissolved, just days after pushing for an election to be held this year.

“It is up to him to decide when to dissolve parliament. That is not within the party’s powers and we will respect the PM’s prerogative,” UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told reporters Tuesday after the party division chiefs’ meeting.