Agong Has Invited Leaders From All Political Parties To Nominate A Prime Minister

Both Bersatu and PH claim they have a majority for their individual candidates.

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Istana Negara has invited all political parties in the Dewan Rakyat to nominate a candidate of their choice for the post of Prime Minister

The Comptroller of the Royal Household issued a statement saying that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) will now hear from the leaders of all the political parties with MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.

"Istana Negara will contact the heads of political parties with representatives in the Dewan Rakyat to give them an opportunity to nominate names of Dewan Rakyat members for the post of the Prime Minister," Comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin was quoted as saying by The Borneo Post.

Prior to this, Bersatu MPs nominated Muhyiddin Yassin as their candidate, saying they have 116 seats to form a new government

According to a report in New Straits Times, Bersatu's secretary general Marzuki Yahya said that the decision was reached in a meeting held outside the Al-Bukhary Foundation building today, 28 February.

"A meeting by the Bersatu MPs today decided to nominate Muhyiddin Yassin, who is the Bersatu president and Pagoh MP, as the eighth Prime Minister with the permission of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The meeting today was attended by all 36 Bersatu MPs," Marzuki was reported as saying.

Meanwhile, New Straits Times reported an anonymous source claiming that the decision to nominate Muhyiddin as Prime Minister was based on the support shown by Mohamed Azmin Ali's team, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), and the UMNO-PAS Muafakat Nasional.

On the other hand, the Pakatan Harapan presidential council said that their candidate Anwar Ibrahim has the highest number of supporters

Malaysiakini reported that the Pakatan Harapan presidential council is confident about Anwar's prospect as the eighth Prime Minister with the support of the MPs who were interviewed by YDPA.

"The presidential council believes Anwar should be given the chance to meet the Agong to prove that he has majority support of MPs," their statement said, as reported by Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who resigned as prime minister on Monday only to be appointed as interim Prime Minister by the Agong, has hinted towards a 'Unity Government' void of any party lines. Here's why such a government might not work in Malaysia:

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