17 August 2021

Malaysian PM resigns after failing to get majority support.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resigned less than 18 months into his tenure, becoming the country’s shortest-ruling leader after conceding that he lost majority support to govern. 

Muhyiddin, who came to power in March 2020, will remain as caretaker until a new premier is appointed, the palace said in a statement.

One government minister wrote on social media that the Cabinet had tendered their resignations to the king and a deputy minister thanked Muhyiddin for his service. 

Muhyidddin’s departure will plunge the country into a fresh crisis amid a worsening COVID-19 pandemic. 

Malaysia has one of the world’s highest infection rates and deaths per capita despite a seven-month state of emergency and a lockdown since June. Political leaders have begun to jostle for the top post.

Yassin will stay on as Malaysia’s prime minister in a caretaker capacity, the National Palace said in a statement, after the King accepted the leader’s resignation on Monday following an audience at the Palace. 

Mr Muhyiddin will perform the prime minister’s duties until his successor is appointed.

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