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Malaysia's Prime Minister Resigns Amid Political Turmoil

Feb 24, 2020 | 20:52 GMT

Malaysia's government is in turmoil, putting into question top-level political stability at a time when the country is already facing economic headwinds. On Feb. 24, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the surprise move of tendering his resignation from both his post and from his chairmanship of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu). His exit came just after Bersatu's decision to leave the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition and the subsequent resignation of 11 allied members of the People's Justice Party (PKR). Pakatan Harapan now stands at 102 seats, falling short of the 112 needed to form a government. The country's lawmakers, factions and parties will now be left to form a new coalition or risk a snap election....

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