Friday, March 6, 2020
Malaysia's government crisis.
King Abdullah on March 1 swore in Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) President Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister, believing Muhyiddin now commands a parliamentary majority. This followed a week of political turmoil that began when the PPBM’s Mahathir Mohamad resigned as premier. Mahathir’s move came after the PPBM and a breakaway faction of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) left the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, which had come to power nationally in 2018. Muhyiddin leads a new Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, which has wrested power in two states as well as nationally following the PH’s fragmentation.