KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen members of Malaysia's first Pakatan Harapan (PH) Cabinet were sworn in on Monday (May 21).
To be part of what will eventually be a 25-member Cabinet, they were sworn in at the Istana Negara in front of the king, in the Minor Throne Room of the palace.
The ceremony began at 5.45pm, with the acceptance of the instrument of appointment by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was sworn in as deputy prime minister - the first female to be appointed to the post - and minister of women and family development.
She then took her oath and signed the official instrument of appointment, witnessed by Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa.
Newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled his list of 14 Cabinet members last week.
Aside from career politicians, the new multi-ethnic line-up includes lawyers and academics.
Other key posts include Lim Guan Eng, who was sworn in as Malaysia's first ethnic Chinese finance minister in more than four decades.
Selangor Chief Minister Azmin Ali was sworn in as minister of economic affairs and former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as home affairs minister.
The ceremony came amid calls from women's groups for there to be at least five more women in the Cabinet, to make up 30 per cent of the final line-up.
Dr Mahathir is expected to name the rest of his Cabinet line-up in stages.