The King of Malaysia appointed as Prime Minister on Thursday leader of the reformist opposition, Anwar Ibrahim, putting an end to the uncertainty generated after the general elections that culminated in a deadlock in parliament. Anwar will take over at the end of the day.
Anwar Alliance of Hope won Saturday’s election by winning 82 of the placesfewer than the 112 needed to form a majority.
Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of the National Alliance won 73 seats, while its ally, the Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party, became the largest single party with 49 seats.
Anwar emerged victorious after other smaller blocs agreed to support him in forming a unity government. His rise to the top will ease some public concerns about further Islamization in the multiracial nation if Muhyiddin were to seize power.