Malaysian opposition marches in parliament demanding resignation of prime minister

File Photo: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will speak in the opening remarks of the Virtual APEC Economic Summit 2020 to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 20, 2020.Reuters / Rim Huey Ten / File Photo

August 2, 2021

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters) -Malaysian opposition lawmakers tried to march to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at the Houses of Parliament on Monday after the Prime Minister postponed the parliamentary cabinet system in the midst of political turmoil.

Muhyiddin quoted the detection of COVID-19 infection by postponing the final parliamentary session scheduled for Monday, but opposition parties have politically motivated it to thwart the challenge to his leadership. I called it.

Opposition lawmakers marched to the Capitol on Monday, but were stopped by police with riot control equipment.

“Muhiddin as prime minister has fallen today,” opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said in a speech after his resignation.

He said all 107 opposition lawmakers had called for the resignation of the prime minister for opposition to the Constitution and the royal command, and united to prevent lawmakers from performing their duties.

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in a statement, “For the first time, to end this protracted political turmoil and resolve the health, economic and social crises that the country has been facing for 17 months. You can concentrate completely on your efforts. ”

Malaysia has been in political turmoil since Mahathir’s unexpected resignation last year, when Muhyiddin came to power in March 2020.

Muhyiddin ruled with a very thin majority and led an unstable ruling coalition during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muhyiddin faced a new call for resignation last week after the Malaysian king announced a rare condemnation of the withdrawal of government ordinances issued under emergency rules in force since January without his consent. did.

The monarch called for parliament to discuss the withdrawal of ordinances related to the handling of pandemics, but the government said it was not necessary.

Opposition leader Anwar, in response to the King’s comments, submitted a motion of no confidence to Muhyiddin.

It was unclear whether a vote or ordinance would be submitted to Parliament because the parliamentary session was cancelled.

(Report by Liz Lee and Mei Mei Chu, A. Written by Ananthalakshmi, edited by Ed Davies)

Malaysian opposition marches in parliament demanding resignation of prime minister

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