Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim Sworn In As Prime Minister

By S. E. Flynn, The Chicago Times

November 24, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian statesman Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as the country’s tenth prime minister, after the Malaysian King was forced to appoint the opposition leader on Thursday to break an election stalemate.

Anwar was sworn in around 5:00 pm, Malaysian time, after a meeting with state leaders and in accordance with the Malaysian constitution which obligated King Al-Sultan Abdullah to appoint a prime minister he believes can form a majority government when an election ends in a stalemate.

The King requested that newly elected members of parliament serve the nation well and extended his thanks to state rulers for their assistance as well as insights toward the resolution of the crisis.

Anwar served as deputy to former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad during the 1990s before being jailed for corruption and unusual sexual behavior.

Malaysia’s general election last week resulted in the nation’s first hung parliament, which obligated the King to ask leading coalitions to present their alliances on Tuesday in order to form a government and nominate their preferred prime minister.  However, that meeting ended without a consensus forcing the King to make the decision on his own.

Last week’s election saw Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan coalition gain 82 seats in parliament and incumbent coalition Perikatan Nasional with 73 seats.  Neither party met the 112 seat threshold to form a simple majority government.