Ismail Sabri Affirmed as new Malaysian Prime Minister

Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah has affirmed former ‎Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the country’s ninth prime minister.

“His Majesty expressed hope that with the appointment of the new prime minister, the political crisis will end swiftly and all MPs can set aside narrow political agendas to unite and cooperate to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic for the sake of the public and nation,” announced the Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.

According to the palace, Yaakob gained the support of 114 members of parliament and would be taking over Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s post after just ruling for 17 months.

Among those who supported were members of Muhyiddin’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Parti Islam SeMalaysia, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), and Yaakob’s United Malaysia National Organisation or UMNO.

UMNO has been Malaysia’s ruling party for over 60 years but lost the 2018 general elections due to a state fund embezzlement scandal. 

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