Voters line up to vote during the general election in Bera, Pahang state, Malaysia on November 19, 2022.
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Malaysia’s King, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, has said neither of the main Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional coalitions has secured a simple majority to form the government, as the deadlock in Malaysia’s general elections continues.
After reviewing the results and figures from both sides at the 2 p.m. deadline in Malaysia on Tuesday, the King issued an official statement summoning the heads of Pakatan and Perikatan, Anwar Ibrahim and Muhyiddin Yassin, to another meeting with him. at 4:30 p.m. Malaysia time.
“I urge the nation to be patient and remain calm until the process of forming a new Malaysian government and selecting a new prime minister is complete,” King said in the statement.
“I invite the Malaysian people to pray that our country may always be blessed and protected from all threats and dangers.”
This comes after Malaysia’s oldest ruling political coalition, Barisan Nasional, decided not to support either of the two main coalitions Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional earlier on Tuesday.
The coalition, which won a dismal 30 seats in Saturday’s general election, also decided to stay in opposition. It was one of the coalition’s worst election results in 60 years of rule, after it failed to win re-election in 2018 amid the involvement of Barisan member and former prime minister Najib Razak in the 1MDB scandal.
Outgoing Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the coalition’s decision as Pakatan and Perikatan were on their way to meet the king.
Separately, local media reported that the Warisan party said it would support Pakatan and Barisan as the bloc with the most victories. It comes just as Barisan said he won’t partner with Pakatan.
Malaysia faces a suspended parliament as Pakatan, led by former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, has the most parliamentary seats at 82. A coalition would need 112 seats out of 222 to form the government.