Malaysia: Government at risk after PM Mahathir resigns

Malaysia: Government at risk after PM Mahathir resigns

Malaysia’s prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has announced his resignation, putting at risk the holding of the coalition government.

The decision followed a series of discussions with Anwar bin Ibrahim, the leader of the People’s Justice Party (PKR).

The two political leaders had teamed up in the 2018 elections to win the elections against Barisan Nasional coalition, the National Front, dominated by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), which had ruled the country for about sixty years.

The ruling coalition, known as Pakatan Harapan, literally Alliance for Hope, now risks holding the executive. The outgoing PM also left his party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Following the recent upheavals, it is not clear what is going to be the fate of Malaysia’s government.

Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author:
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