No 'clear facts' to show Malaysia PM has lost majority: Attorney-General

Published Thu, Jul 8, 2021 · 05:43 PM

[KUALA LUMPUR] Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet will continue to exercise their executive powers as there are no "clear facts" to show that the premier has lost his majority, the country's Attorney-General said on Thursday.

His comments come after a key ally withdrew support for the ruling alliance.

"For now, the government does not have any clear facts to show that the prime minister no longer holds the confidence of the majority of members of parliament", Attorney-General Idrus Harun said in a statement.

The decision by the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) to pull support came just hours after Mr Muhyiddin appointed a senior member of the party as deputy prime minister, seen as a bid to ease infighting within the ruling alliance.

Mr Muhyiddin's tenure since taking office in March last year has been plagued by tensions with Umno, the largest bloc in his coalition, amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has hampered the economy.

REUTERS

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