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Jostling begins in Malaysia's ruling pact amid bickering over Muhyiddin remaining PM after next poll

This handout photo from Malaysia's Department of Information taken and released on May 18, 2020, shows Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (2nd R) along with his Cabinet members during the opening ceremony of the third term of the 14th parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - Leaders of the three Malay parties in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) are jockeying for leverage, which is causing a split over whether Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should continue as prime minister in the event PN wins the next general election.

This comes amid a fierce scramble over seat allocations ahead of an expected snap poll, with Mr Muhyiddin keen on seeking a new mandate, having grappled to keep his slim majority intact since being sworn in four months ago.

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