Search for PM Continues: Agong Wants More Names, to Summon Party Leaders

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The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is still unable to determine which MP commands the majority support of the Dewan Rakyat to become the next prime minister.

In a statement this evening, Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadli Shamsuddin said the next step for the palace is to reach out to the leaders of political parties and MPs for them to nominate other candidates.

“Based on the interviews (with the MPs), His Majesty was still unable to confidently state which member of the Dewan Rakyat, in his opinion, had the confidence of the majority to form a new government,” he added.

The statement did not say when the leaders will be summoned to have an audience with the king.

Yusof Mat Isa

Fadil also said the Agong has consented to the decision by Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof not to hold a special sitting on Monday despite a request to do so by interim prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The speaker had an audience with the Agong twice in a spate of a couple of hours today.

The Agong met with his fellow Malay rulers to discuss the situation this morning. He had also summoned the police chief and the army chief for a meeting.

“The Agong will continue to find a solution based on the federal constitution for the sake of the people and the nation,” said Faid.

While PH has named Anwar Ibrahim as its prime minister candidate, Bersatu has opted for its president Muhyiddin Yassin.

Until yesterday Bersatu, an independent bloc led by sacked PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, Sarawak ruling pact GPS, and Sabah’s Warisan had said they support Dr Mahathir to remain as the prime minister.

Both Barisan Nasional and PAS had opted for snap polls.

Unlike him, Mahathir claimed that Muhyiddin has no qualms working with Umno.

Now, both parties say they support Muhyddin.

Anwar, on the other hand, has the support of Harapan’s 92 MPs. The coalition also claims he has the support of other lawmakers.