Malaysia’s king has named reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, ending days of political uncertainty over a hung parliament.
Anwar Ibrahim appointed Malaysia’s next PM
Malaysia’s king has appointed long-time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, ending five days of unprecedented post-election crisis after inconclusive polls.
The palace said he would be sworn in at 5pm (2000 AEDT) on Thursday.
Anwar’s appointment caps a three-decade long political journey from a protege of veteran leader Mahathir Mohammad to a prisoner convicted of sodomy to opposition leader and, finally, prime minister.
A general election on Saturday ended in an unprecedented hung parliament with neither of two main alliances, one led by Anwar and the other ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin, immediately able to secure enough seats in parliament to form a government.