Anwar Ibrahim is appointed Prime Minister of Malaysia after waiting 25 years in prison

November 24, 2022

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The leader of the Hope Coalition, veteran Malaysian dissident Anwar Ibrahim, has been sworn in as the new prime minister, after several days of political deadlock in the country following the recent elections.

King Sultan Abdullah, the leader of the opposition, was tasked with forming the new government after elections that took place over the weekend, which resulted in a divided parliament, with neither of the two main parties in the country achieving a parliamentary majority.

A statement issued by the palace said that His Majesty the King approved the appointment of Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister of Malaysia, after consulting with the Council of State Governors.

Neither the two main competing coalitions, the one led by Anwar Ibrahim, or the one led by former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, were able to win enough seats to form a government.