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Election battle won, real test begins for new Malaysian PM

Nov. 25, 2022 02:07 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim has won a hard-fought battle to become Malaysia’s new prime minister. But working with former foes to form a unity government as a polarized nation watches will immediately test his political mettle. There is no...

From prisoner to PM, Malaysia's Anwar had long ride to top

Nov. 24, 2022 19:42 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — More than two decades after his dramatic ouster from government and imprisonment, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim finally has his day. Anwar was named Malaysia’s 10th prime minister by the nation’s king and sworn in Thursday, trumping a...

New Malaysian PM Anwar vows to heal divided nation, economy

Nov. 24, 2022 19:32 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Long-time reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister Thursday and vowed to heal a racially divided nation, fight corruption and revive an economy struggling with the rising cost of living. His rise to the top a was a...

Malaysia's king names reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, ending uncertainties over a hung Parliament

Nov. 24, 2022 00:38 AM EST
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king names reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, ending uncertainties over a hung Parliament.

Malaysian king searches for PM to end deadlock

Nov. 23, 2022 02:52 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's king met with lawmakers Wednesday and will next consult other royal families in a continuing search for a prime minister after inconclusive general elections that saw the rise of Islamists sparked anxieties in the multiracial nation. ...

Spotlight on Malaysia's king to resolve election stalemate

Nov. 22, 2022 09:31 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s king on Tuesday failed to reach a decision on whom to pick as prime minister after meeting the leaders of two rival blocs, and summoned lawmakers from a political bloc that has held out its support. A general election last Saturday was...

Malaysia's election uncertainty drags out as party dithers

Nov. 21, 2022 02:57 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's longest-ruling coalition said Monday it has not decided which bloc to support after weekend divisive elections left neither with enough seats to form a government on its own. The National Front's announcement has prolonged election...

Malaysia's nationalist block closer to forming government

Nov. 20, 2022 09:10 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s next government appeared to be leaning to the religious right as a coalition of Malay nationalists won support of an influential bloc on Sunday after tightly fought general elections failed to produce a clear winner. The nation’s king still has to...

Malaysia faces new crisis as poll delivers hung Parliament

Nov. 19, 2022 15:59 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia tumbled into fresh political turmoil Sunday after a tightly contested general election delivered a hung Parliament with no clear winner and a surprising surge of support for an Islamist party. Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's reformist...

What to know about Malaysia's general elections

Nov. 18, 2022 19:21 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s general elections take place Saturday, over a month after Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolved Parliament and announced snap elections. The country's longest-serving coalition is seeking to regain its dominance after a shocking loss in 2018, but...