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Abdul Khalid advised to wait for audience after Sultan's return

Embattled Selangor Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has been advised to wait for the return of the Sultan of Selangor from abroad to have an audience with the ruler.

SHAH ALAM: Embattled Selangor Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has been advised to wait for the return of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, from abroad to have an audience with the ruler.

The sultan's private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, said Abdul Khalid had sought to have an audience with the sultan overseas to explain the political developments in the state and his position as the menteri besar. "I submitted his (Khalid's) application to His Royal Highness. However, His Royal Highness wanted Abdul Khalid to wait for his return," he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 18).

Abdul Khalid had sought the audience after losing majority support in the Selangor legislative assembly following PAS' withdrawal on Sunday of its backing for him in keeping with a decision of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition which also includes the DAP and PKR. PKR had decided to have Abdul Khalid replaced by its president, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, as the chief minister, but Abdul Khalid had insisted on staying his full term.

Also on Sunday, the Pakatan Rakyat Leadership Council decided on Wan Azizah as the sole candidate for chief minister in place of Abdul Khalid. Abdul Khalid said he accepted the latest decision of PAS, which had backed him at first, and sought an audience with the sultan to explain the latest political developments to him.

The chief minister was also reported to have said that until the sultan decided otherwise, he would continue to administer the state with the four PAS state executive councillors.

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