Five days after the legislative elections, Anwar Ibrahim was appointed, Thursday, November 24, Prime Minister of Malaysia. An appointment that puts an end to “twenty-four years of waiting” for this 75-year-old key figure in Malaysian politics, Explain The Straits Times.
Anwar actually appeared all smiles during the swearing-in ceremony, which closed “a chapter of his political career dating back to the 1990s”, remind him Malay Mail. His taking office “also puts an end to the political maneuvering and uncertainty that followed the elections. Which had however been presented to the Malaysians as urgent to provide the country with stability.
The Pakatan Harapan (PH, “Alliance of Hope”), chaired by Anwar Ibrahim, and its rival, the Perikatan Nasional (PN, “National Alliance”), of former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, respectively obtained 82 and 73 seats, far from the 112 parliamentarians needed to have a simple majority in Parliament, which has 222, details The Straits Times.
Represent all Malaysians
Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah therefore called on Tuesday 22 for the formation of a government of national unity which “represents all communities, races, religions and regions”. But the PN had refused to take part, claiming enough parliamentary support to form a government. It has in particular, within its coalition, the Islamic Party (NOT according to the acron