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Malaysia's King could appoint new PM within a week, say analysts

Outgoing prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin (front row, centre) with his Cabinet ministers at the Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya on Aug 16, 2021.PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY UNIT OF MALAYSIA INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

KUALA LUMPUR - With no clear successor in sight for the post of Malaysia's prime minister, and no party commanding an outright majority in Parliament, it is now up to the King to decide what happens next after Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's resignation on Monday (Aug 16).

Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah will now have to go through the list of potential candidates for the post, as he has the power to appoint as prime minister a lawmaker who he believes can command a majority, said University of Tasmania's director of Asia Institute James Chin.

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