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Malaysia PM Anwar Plans Confidence Vote to Prove to Rival He Commands a Majority

  • Malaysia palace says decision made for a stable government
  • Anwar’s coalition won most seats but fell short of a majority
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WATCH: Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim said he plans to test lawmakers’ support for his leadership with a confidence vote. Juliette Saly reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said he plans to test lawmakers’ support for his leadership with a confidence vote on Dec. 19, as he seeks to prove to a defiant rival that he commands a parliamentary majority.

The 75-year-old leader was sworn in by King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah on Thursday, capping a tumultuous political career that veered from coming close to clinching the top job on more than one occasion to spending years in prison on sodomy charges.