Anwar Ibrahim named as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister ending days of post-election uncertainties

Anwar Ibrahim

24th November 2022 – (Kuala Lumpur) According to local media reports, Anwar Ibrahim will be sworn in as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister this evening. After days of negotiations, and political impasse, the King had decided to appoint the prime minister after meeting with the Conference of Rulers. He will be sworn in at 5pm today.

Anwar was appointed by King Sultan Abdullah, after elections over the weekend resulted in an unprecedented hung parliament. Neither Anwar’s coalition party Pakatan Harapan nor ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin’s coalition party Perikatan Nasional had won the simple majority needed to form a government.

In the 20th October 2022 PH convention, PH officially announced Anwar Ibrahim as the coalition’s candidate for prime minister in the 2022 general election.  Anwar announced he will contest the Tambun parliamentary seat in the 2022 general election. He declared Perak as PH’s GE15 frontline state.

According to Xinhua News, Malaysia had been in a state of political stalemate following the results of an indecisive snap national polls last Saturday, with no political coalition or party securing enough seats in the country’s lower house of parliament to form a government on its own.

Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah held several audiences with the heads of major political coalitions in a bid to break the stalemate and convened the conference of rulers to deliberate on the matter.

Following the meeting, Anwar, whose PH coalition had secured 82 seats in the polls making his group the biggest, was named as the country’s new prime minister, allowing the formation of a new government.