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Malay rulers convene special meeting amid political vacuum

Malay rulers convene special meeting amid political vacuum

Istana Negara, the official residence of Malaysia's king. (Photo: Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malay rulers gathered at the national palace on Friday (Aug 20), where they had likely discussed the appointment of the country’s next prime minister. 

The special meeting, chaired by King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was scheduled for 2.30pm, according to Bernama.

The national news agency reported on Twitter that official vehicles carrying the rulers, including sultans from Kedah, Terengganu and Selangor, were seen entering the palace amid rainfall.

The Star reported that the rulers of Johor, Kelantan and Perlis would not be attending the meeting.

The meeting concluded later with the rulers seen leaving the palace beginning 4.20pm, based on local media reports.

Malaysia was plunged into political uncertainty when Mr Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet resigned on Monday. 

Subsequently, all MPs were asked to submit a declaration letter to the national palace to state an individual they support to be the next prime minister by 4pm on Wednesday.

On Thursday, 114 MPs backing Mr Ismail Sabri Yaakob of the United Malays National Organisation as the next prime minister met the king so that the latter could verify their stand.

There are currently 220 MPs and two vacant seats in the Lower House. The next prime minister will need to prove that he has a simple majority.

The king has also said that the next prime minister should table a confidence motion in the parliament as soon as possible.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ruler reminded the victors to reach out to those who have lost and urged all to work as one team. 

Source: CNA/aw

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