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Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday handed over the resignation of his government after 17 years in power, declaring a new era of political turmoil in the country as he fights the rising tide of Kovit-19 infections.
“The government has submitted its resignation to the king,” Science Minister Khairy Kamal L-Din said on his Instagram account.
Muhaidin Yassin came to power when he was appointed by the king without elections in March 2020, and led a coalition government after the fall of the Mahathir Mohamad government, one of Malaysia’s most important political figures.
New elections are unlikely to take place in the near future due to health conditions, and a period of intense bargaining is expected to reach a new viable alliance.
The outgoing prime minister stepped up his rhetoric against his opponents within his coalition in a speech on Monday.
“I may have gone the easy route by violating my principles to stay in office, but that was not my choice,” he said in a televised speech.
“I will never cooperate with politicians who plunder the wealth of the country,” he added.
The prime minister has confirmed that several MPs who withdrew their support for him, including former leader Najib Razak, who was embroiled in a major corruption scandal, have punished him for refusing to drop charges against them.
Muhaidin Yassin was criticized by the opposition for imposing a state of emergency in January and suspending the work of parliament due to the outbreak of the Govt-19 epidemic, which allowed him to avoid the electoral system.
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On Friday, the 74-year-old prime minister last tried to seize power, giving his support to opposition representatives instead of approving a number of reforms, but he failed to do so.
The last cabinet met on Monday after failing to get the support of the delegates.
The palace confirmed in a statement that the king had formally accepted Muhidin’s resignation and that he would remain prime minister before he was replaced.
Without a clear successor to the presidency, the country could face a period of chaos and political instability, as it has seen again and again in the past, amid conflicts between rival factions.
Since gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by Malays for six decades and includes a majority Chinese and Indian minority in a country dominated by Malays.
But corruption scandals, discriminatory policy that benefits Malays and a dictatorial change made him lose the 2018 elections.
Opposition victory and the arrival of reformist Mahathir Mohamad raised hopes for change, but his government collapsed due to rivalry between its leaders, allowing the UMNO to return to power in a Muhyiddin-led coalition government.
However, the legitimacy of Muhyiddin Yassin, who came to power without elections, has been criticized for failing to curb the spread of Govt-19.
The country, home to 32 million people, is experiencing severe waves of the Govt-19 epidemic, difficulties in controlling the epidemic, tens of thousands of daily infections are counted, and its economy is facing a crisis due to closed measures and restrictions.
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