The king to appoint a new Prime Minister as Dr Mahathir resigned

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PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir has resigned as the Prime Minister of Malaysia today.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong has accepted his resignation, but he appointed him as an Interim Prime Minister while waiting to find a suitable condidate to take over.

His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV1 Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’ s appointment of Dr Mahathir as the Interim Prime Minister is in line with Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution, said a statement issued by Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Mohd. Zuki Ali.

“As an Interim Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir will manage the administration of the country until a new Prime Minister is appointed,” said Mohd. Zuki.

Malaysia constitution clearly states that the King shall appoint as prime minister someone who commands the confidence of a majority in the Dewan Rakyat, and shall appoint a Cabinet on the advice of the prime minister.

If the king did not find any suitable condidate for the post of the Prime Minister he shall resolve the parliament and call for a new general election.

According to analysts, Pakatan Harapan government has automatically dissolved as the prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister.

This mean that Dr Mahathir as a caretaker will not be involved in any decision as the ball is now in the hand of the king only.

Only the king has the absolute power and say to choose a new prime minister while the current one resign.

Meanwhile, His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah has also agreed to drop the appointments of Ministers under the advice of the Prime Minister in line with Article 43 (5) of the Federal Constitution on February 24, 2020 following the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Following the situation, the functions of the Members of the Administration including Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Political Secretary will be stopped on the same date. –Malaysia World News

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