KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad called Sunday for an urgent Parliament sitting to contest the appointment of a former ally as the country’s next prime minister under a new Malay-majority coalition that could further split the nation following the collapse of his multiracial reformist alliance. Muhyiddin Yassin, a seasoned politician who once famously quipped that he is Malay first and Malaysian second, was sworn in at the palace Sunday after getting the support of several opposition parties. That includes the corruption-tainted United Malays National Organization, which was ousted by Mahathir’s Alliance of Hope in a historic vote in 2018. Muhyiddin, 72, pulled his Bersatu party out of the alliance on Monday, triggering its collapse. Mahathir resigned as prime minister in protest of the plan that would bring UMNO back to power. After a week of political turmoil, the king Saturday said he believed Muhyiddin had the majority support of lawmakers and named him the new leader. But Mahathir’s camp has contested that assertion, saying the 94-year-old two-time prime minister has the backing of 114 lawmakers to return as premier for a third time, surpassing the 112 votes needed for a simple majority. Mahathir said Sunday that the… Read full this story
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