Malaysian PM resigns after failing to get majority support

  • Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has resigned, following months of political turmoil. Muhyiddin gave confirmation of his resignation in a televised address after meeting with King Abdullah. Muhyiddin said he was stepping down after losing majority support in parliament. The king said Muhyiddin would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government could be formed.
  • Muhyidddin’s departure comes less than 18 months after taking office and will plunge the country into a fresh crisis amid a worsening pandemic.
  • King Abdullah can appoint a prime minister from elected lawmakers based on who he thinks can command a majority in Parliament.