Malaysian king says leading coalitions don’t have the numbers to form a government

Malaysian king says leading coalitions don’t have the numbers to form a government

Voters queue up to cast their ballots during the general election in Bera of Pahang state, Malaysia, Nov. 19, 2022.

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Malaysia’s king, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said neither of the leading coalitions Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional have achieved a simple majority to form government, as the Malaysian general election impasse continues.

After reviewing the results and numbers of the two parties at the 2 p.m. Malaysia time deadline on Tuesday, the king issued a formal statement summoning the heads of Pakatan and Perikatan, Anwar Ibrahim and Muhyiddin Yassin, to another meeting with him at 4:30 p.m. Malaysia time.

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“I urge the nation to be patient and remain calm until the process of forming a new Malaysian government and selecting a new prime minister is completed,” the king said in the statement.

“I invite the people of Malaysia to pray that our country will always be blessed and protected from all threats and dangers.”

This comes after Malaysia’s longest ruling political coalition Barisan Nasional decided to not back either of the two leading coalitions Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional earlier Tuesday.

The coalition, which garnered a dismal 30 seats at Saturday’s general election, also decided to remain in opposition. This was one of the coalition’s worst election results in 60 years’ of rule, after it failed to be re-elected in 2018 amid Barisan member and former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

Incumbent Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the coalition’s decision as both Pakatan and Perikatan were on their way to meet the king.

Separately, local media reported the Warisan Party declared it would support Pakatan and Barisan as the bloc with the most wins. This comes just as Barisan said it would not partner with Pakatan.

Malaysia is facing a hung parliament as Pakatan, led by former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, with the most parliamentary seats at 82. A coalition would need 112 seats out of 222 to form government.

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