There was a political impasse for several days following the 15th Malaysia General Election on 19 Nov 2022 as no party managed to garner a simple majority of 112 seats in the 222-seat Parliament to form the government. Pakatan Harapan (PH) led by Anwar Ibrahim won 82 seats, while Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional (PN) came in second with 73 seats.
Despite winning only 30 seats, Barisan Nasional (BN) were the political kingmakers as they were highly sought after by both main alliances in the last few days. BN initially decided not to back any alliance and to remain an opposition party. But after taking the advice of the Malaysian King and consulting the BN supreme council and UMNO’s leadership, they decided to be part of a unity government as long as it does not involve PN.
On 24 Nov, the Malaysia Palace issued a statement following a Conference of Rulers meeting with the Malay King. It confirmed that Anwar Ibrahim will be the country’s 10th Prime Minister after King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is satisfied that the Tambun member of parliament is able to get the majority support of the house.
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