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Muhyiddin’s Resignation Further Muddies Malaysia's Political Future

MIN READAug 16, 2021 | 21:27 GMT

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves as he arrives at the national palace in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 16, 2021.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves as he arrives at the national palace in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 16, 2021. 

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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation will heighten political uncertainty as competing forces try to muster a majority under the caretaker government. On Aug. 16, Muhyiddin stepped down from his post following a meeting with Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, formally ending his 18-month rule at the helm of the fragile and embattled Perikatan Nasional coalition. However, with the constitution containing no provisions for a minority government and with no majority bloc yet assembled, Muhyiddin will serve as caretaker prime minister for an interim period. Malaysian politicians will now move quickly to try to negotiate a new political balance with few prospects for a new election to extend any faction’s advantages. ...

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