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Snap Election In Sabah After CM Shafie Dissolves State Assembly Amidst Political Crisis

Shafie Apdal will remain as the caretaker Chief Minister of Sabah for now.

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Sabah will go for a snap election after Chief Minister Shafie Apdal today, 30 July, announced that the state assembly has now been dissolved

He said that Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri (governor) Juhar Mahiruddin has consented to the dissolution of the state assembly amidst the current political turmoil in the state.

"Ladies and gentlemen, after I wrote the letter yesterday, I went to meet the governor in the evening to present the letter (seeking for dissolution of the state assembly)," Shafie was reported saying today.

"And this morning I had an audience with him again, where the governor had given his agreement for dissolution of the state assembly. We should be aware that there are parties from KL coming to Sabah very often and applying pressure not only on the leadership but on all levels."

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Shafie will remain as the caretaker Chief Minister of Sabah

Under the current law, the election must be held within 60 days, which allows him to stay as the CM.

I'm still the Chief Minister.
Shafie

The Election Commission will announce the date of the election later

This comes after former Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman claimed that he has obtained a simple majority to form a new state government:

Last month, Musa was acquitted and discharged of 46 charges related to corruption and money laundering: