A Rival’s Misstep Helped Anwar Finally Land Malaysia’s Top Job
When Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah asked the two men vying to be the next prime minister if they would agree to form a unity government after neither had majority, one of them completely rejected the idea.
The politicians before him -- opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin -- were scrambling to draw support from parties and coalitions in the past four days after an inconclusive vote. Earlier on in the post-election race Muhyiddin’s coalition proclaimed he had the sworn declarations of enough lawmakers ready to back him but the palace publicly insisted no one had required backing.
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