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29 Feb 2020 | 07:33 PM UTC

Malaysia: Muhyiddin Yassin to be sworn in as prime minister March 1 /update 1

Sultan Muhammad V appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister on February 29; political rallies are possible



Sultan Muhammad V appointed former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister on Saturday, February 29, following the resignation of Mahathir Mohamad on Monday, February 24. The announcement prompted approximately one hundred people to protest in Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Square on Saturday evening (local time). Former Prime Minister Mahathir said that he held the majority in parliament with the support of 113 out of 222 MPs. Muhyiddin is due to be sworn in on Sunday, March 1. However, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said that the 113 MPs in favor of Mahathir will meet at 09:00 on Sunday to protest the situation. 

Associated political rallies are possible in the immediate term. 


Individuals in Malaysia are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence and limited transportation or business disruptions near any political demonstration, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.