Malaysia Leader Buys Time, Delays Any Confidence Vote to May
By Yantoultra NguiMarch 4, 2020, 10:02 AM GMT+8 Updated on
- Parliament sitting is pushed back to May 18, from March 9
- Mahathir seeks no confidence vote against new leader Muhyiddin
Malaysia has delayed its parliament sitting by more than two months, forcing former leader Mahathir Mohamad to wait until May for a confidence vote against the new premier.
Parliament will be in session from May 18 to June 23, from March 9 initially, with this year’s second and third sitting also delayed to July 27 and September 28, respectively, according to a statement from the speaker. The sitting schedule is determined by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who was appointed this weekend, and the government of the day.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Malaysia’s new leader delays parliament to ward off no-confidence vote
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s new leader has postponed the next session of parliament by more than two months, effectively delaying plans by Mahathir Mohamad’s former ruling alliance to seek a no-confidence vote against him.
Lower house speaker Mohamad Ariff Mohamad Yusof said in a statement Wednesday that lawmakers will reconvene on May 18 instead of March 9 as originally scheduled. He said the decision was based on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s order, but no reason was given for the postponement.
Muhyiddin, 72, was sworn in Sunday as Malaysia’s eighth prime minister after his surprise weekend appointment by the king capped a week of political turmoil.
Muhyiddin led his Bersatu party out of the governing Alliance of Hope, depriving it of a majority and causing its collapse less than two years after its historic victory in 2018 ousted a corruption-tainted coalition that had ruled for 61 years.
Bersatu joined hands with the same coalition that it ousted, along with several smaller parties, to form a Malay-majority government. Mahathir, 94, resigned to protest Bersatu’s plan to work with the former government.
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