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Muhyiddin to serve as caretaker until a new Prime Minister is appointed

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet have submitted their resignation to the king today (Monday, August 16), according to a statement by the palace.

The Prime Minister`s resignation comes amidst a surge in Covid-19 in the country, with daily cases reaching over 20.000  and the economic is in its worse shape due to multiple lockdowns and Movement Control Orders.

In a special address to the nation this afternoon, Muhyiddin announced that he will remain as a “caretaker” prime minister until a new leader is appointed.

Muhyiddin also stressed that there will be no election at this time due to the pandemic.

The palace in a statement also mentioned that the king said a general election is “not the best option” now.

In the special address, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he had to step down because he had lost majority support of the MPs.

He has lost majority support after 13 or 14 MPs from Umno had withdrawn support for him on August 3.

Today after tendering his resignation, he reiterated that he could have taken “the easy way out” by sacrificing his “principles to stay as prime minister.”

“I chose otherwise,” he said.

In a statement, the palace confirmed Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said that Muhyiddin will now serve as “caretaker prime minister” until his successor, who commands the majority of Dewan Rakyat, is appointed from among the MPs.

 

Written by Ezri

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