Malaysia’s Anwar becomes Prime Minister, ending decades-long wait

Anwar Ibrahim has been appointed to the job after days of uncertainty - and years of trying
Malaysia’s Anwar becomes Prime Minister, ending decades-long wait
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Malaysia's long political battle has come to an end after Malaysia's king, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah appointed Mr. Anwar, 75, as the nation's Prime Minister and tenth leader after expressing satisfaction that he is the candidate who is likely to have majority support.

According to the statement released by Malaysia's palace, reformist Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan will lead the next government after being chosen by King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. 

The announcement regarding came Malaysia’s Prime Minister after the majority of parties agreed to King Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah’s proposal for a unity government. 

As per the news report, the monarch intervened after two longest rival parties including Parti Keadilan Rakyat President Anwar Ibrahim and the former prime minister Perikatan Nasional (PN) chief Muhyiddin Yassin were not on the same page and were unable to gather the support of 112 MPs required for a majority in the parliament. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) chief Anwar Ibrahim for becoming the Prime Minister of the country and said that he is looking forward to working together to strengthen India-Malaysia enhanced strategic partnership.

It's a long awaited moment for Ibrahim as his rise to the post of Malaysia’s Prime Minister comes after he was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 amid allegations of sodomy and abuse of power. 

The new government in Malaysia is set to be formed, five days after a general election.

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