KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has nominated party president Muhyiddin Yassin to be the next prime minister.
In a brief press statement on Friday (Feb 28) afternoon, Bersatu secretary-general Marzuki Yahya said: "After a meeting among members of parliament of Bersatu, it has been decided that we will nominate Mr Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, Bersatu president and Pagoh MP, to the king to be Malaysia's eighth prime minister."
He added that the meeting was attended by 36 Bersatu MPs.
Bersatu currently holds 26 seats in the parliament. It is believed there are 10 MPs from Mr Azmin Ali's independent bloc who are considering working with Bersatu.
The statement was issued just after the king said that he would ask party leaders to present candidates for the prime minister post.
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MUHYIDDIN READY TO ACCEPT WORKING WITH UMNO: MAHATHIR
At a press conference after unveiling an economic stimulus package on Thursday, Dr Mahathir was asked if he would accept Mr Muhyiddin as prime minister if there was support from MPs.
He said: "Muhyiddin might become a candidate. If everyone chooses him, I am okay."
“If everyone chooses him, he can form his Cabinet," added Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir noted that Mr Muhyiddin was more accepting of working with opposition members to form a new coalition.
“My position is I will not accept UMNO (United Malays National Organisation), but I will accept those who leave UMNO.
“But Muhyiddin is ready to accept them. Whoever wins I will accept him to be the prime minister,” he added.
On Monday, Dr Mahathir submitted his resignation to the palace.
Shortly after, Bersatu also announced that it has quit Pakatan Harapan (PH), while Mr Azmin and 9 other lawmakers declared their departure from PKR. This effectively meant that PH would no longer have a majority in the 222-seat parliament.
Although the king accepted the resignation, he immediately appointed Dr Mahathir as the interim prime minister.