Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim takes oath of office

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s king named Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief Anwar Ibrahim as the country’s Prime Minister. Anwar, the former deputy prime minister, took the oath of office at the National Palace on Thursday.

He was seen wearing traditional Malay clothes. The newly appointed PM pledged to serve the country and the people well before Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at the National Palace.

The ceremony was attended by Anwar’s political allies.

The Palace announced that the decision was taken after the King held discussions with other rulers in a special meeting of the nation’s nine state monarchs.

Anwar’s Alliance of Hope led Saturday’s election with 82 seats, short of the 112 needed for a majority. Muhyiddin’s right-leaning National Alliance won 73 seats, with its ally Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) emerging as the biggest single party with 49 seats.

As per Al Jazeera report, Anwar emerged victorious after smaller blocs agreed to back him to form a unity government.

The newly-appointed, however, faces a tall task of reviving an economy struggling with rising inflation and a currency that has fallen to its weakest point.

About Malaysia’s new PM

The 75-year-old served as deputy prime minister under former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad from 1993 to 1998 in the Barisan Nasional government (BN).

Following a falling out with Mahathir, Anwar later formed the People’s Justice Party, popularly known by its Malay-acronym PKR and subsequently contested in several national polls.

He had held the portfolios of culture, youth and sports, education, agriculture and finance during his political career in BN, as reported by Xinhua news agency.

PKR later formed the PH coalition with several other opposition parties, with the coalition winning the national polls in 2018, ending the long rule of BN which held power from the country’s independence until 2018.

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