Malaysian king to convene conference of rulers to end political stalemate as no solutions reached so far

 Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah

Xinhua News

23rd November 2022 – (Kuala Lumpur)  Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will convene a conference of rulers on Thursday in an effort to overcome the country’s ongoing political stalemate, the national palace said.

The conference would seek a decision that will be in the interests of the people and the country, and urged the public to remain calm as a solution is being worked out, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

This is for the king to be able to get the views of other rulers before making a decision on the appointment of a prime minister, it said.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with nine sultans or rulers, who head their respective state and act as the religious leader, taking turns to serve as the king for a five-year term.

The conference follows several meetings between the king and the heads of major political parties, with no solution being reached thus far.

Malaysia has been in a state of limbo following the results of indecisive snap national polls held last Saturday, with none of the major political coalitions or parties being able to secure enough seats in the country’s lower house of parliament to form a new government.