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Malaysian new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, speaks next to Senior Minister Azmin Ali during a press conference after the first cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Yassin said he will form an economic council to find ways to cope with an expected economic slowdown amid the global new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia PM says Cabinet to declare assets in anti-graft bid

Mar. 11, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malysia (AP) — Malaysia's new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Wednesday that all of his Cabinet members will have to declare their assets as part of his pledge to have a government with integrity. The move comes amid concerns over the inclusion in his administration of the scandal-plagued...

Malaysian new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, thumbs up during a press conference at prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, March 9, 2020. Muhyiddin unveiled his Cabinet on Monday, saying he will have no deputy but will instead appoint four senior ministers in the move that helped him dodge the tricky issue of succession in his Malay0majority government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

New Malaysian leader unveils revamped Cabinet with no deputy

Mar. 9, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — New Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled his Cabinet on Monday, saying he will have no deputy prime minister and instead appointing four senior ministers to keep factions happy in his Malay-majority government. Muhyiddin also named a banker as finance minister and a...

In this Malaysia's Department of Information photo taken and released on March 1, 2020, Malaysia's incoming Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin signs appointment documents after taking the oath of office in front of King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. (Maszuandi Adnan/Malaysia's Department of Information via AP)

Malaysia's anti-graft chief quits after government changes

Mar. 5, 2020 11:54 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's anti-corruption chief has tendered her resignation, becoming the second top official to quit following the fall from power of a reformist ruling alliance once led by Mahathir Mohamad. Latheefa Koya said in a statement Friday that there was no pressure on her to...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, Muhyiddin Yassin, center, waves with his family and supporters as he prepares to leave his house for the palace to swear in as new prime minister, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Muhyiddin has postponed Parliament sitting by more than two months, effectively delaying plans by the former ruling alliance led by Mahathir Mohamad to seek a no-confidence vote against him. (AP Photo/Johnshen Lee, File)

Malaysia's new PM delays Parliament, and no-confidence vote

Mar. 4, 2020 12:42 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new leader has postponed the next session of Parliament by more than two months, effectively delaying plans by Mahathir Mohamad's former ruling alliance to seek a no-confidence vote against him. Lower house speaker Mohamad Ariff Mohamad Yusof said in a statement...

FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, a motorcyclist rides past the Bank Negara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia's central bank reduced its key overnight policy rate by 0.25 percentage points to 2.5% on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, citing worsening economic conditions from the virus outbreak in a growing number of countries. The central bank said it expects economic growth to be stunted in this quarter as tourism and consumer spending take a hit from weaker demand. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf, File)

Malaysian central bank cuts key rate to counter slowdown

Mar. 3, 2020 3:48 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's central bank reduced its key overnight policy rate by 0.25 percentage points to 2.5% on Tuesday, citing worsening economic conditions from the virus outbreak in a growing number of countries. The Bank Negara Malaysia said it expects economic growth to be stunted in...

In this photo released by Malaysia's Department of Information, the country's new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin poses for pictures on his first day at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, March 2, 2020. (Hafiz Itam/Malaysia's Department of Information via AP)

'I am not a traitor': Malaysia's new PM appeals for support

Mar. 2, 2020 11:34 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, appealed Monday to the divided nation for a chance to prove his mettle amid doubts over his legitimacy, and vowed to form a corruption-free Cabinet despite aligning with a former scandal-plagued party. In his first address to...

In this Malaysia's Department of Information photo taken and released on March 1, 2020, Malaysia's incoming Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin takes the oath of office in front of King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah during his swearing-in ceremony as the country's new leader at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. (Maszuandi Adnan/Malaysia's Department of Information via AP)

Mahathir seeks Parliament vote as new Malaysian PM sworn in

Mar. 1, 2020 5:10 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mahathir Mohamad called Sunday for an urgent sitting of Malaysia's Parliament to contest the appointment of a former ally as prime minister under a Malay-majority coalition that could further split the nation following the collapse of Mahathir's multiracial reformist alliance....

Politician Muhyiddin Yassin, center, waves to media after outside his house after he being appointed as the new prime minister in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Malaysia's king has appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, trumping Mahathir Mohamad's bid to return to power after a week of political turmoil that followed his resignation as prime minister. (AP Photo/John Shen Lee)

Malaysia's Mahathir loses bid to return as prime minister

Feb. 29, 2020 10:43 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king on Saturday appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the country's new leader, trumping Mahathir Mohamad's bid to return to power after a week of political turmoil that followed his resignation as prime minister. But hours later, Mahathir challenged...

Malaysia king appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, trumping Mahathir Mohamad's bid to return to power

Feb. 29, 2020 3:46 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia king appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, trumping Mahathir Mohamad's bid to return to power.
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference of the Co-Chairs Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting on the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in Vientiane, Laos. The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

US postpones southeast Asian leaders' meeting due to virus

Feb. 29, 2020 1:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has postponed a meeting of leaders of southeast Asian nations that was set for Las Vegas in mid-March due to the spread of the coronavirus, a senior Trump administration official and the Philippine ambassador said. President Donald Trump had invited the leaders of the...