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JOHOR BARU: The Johor state assembly has been dissolved following the consent given by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on Wednesday.
The state government, however, announced the dissolution through a one-page statement from the media communications unit of the Mentri Besar's office here yesterday.
The dissolution was done in accordance with the provision of the state statute, the Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan 1895.
It is believed that the statement was issued after state assembly speaker Datuk Ali Hassan and state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil met the Ruler in Mersing early yesterday.
It is learnt that Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman had called for a last-minute state executive council meeting at Kota Iskandar in Nusajaya at 3pm on Wednesday.
He was earlier at a meeting with local leaders in Muar.
Sources said as the meeting was arranged in haste, several state exco members were unable to make it.
Immediately after the meeting, Ghani rushed to Kuala Lumpur in a helicopter to meet top Barisan Nasional leaders, the sources said.
In the meantime, it is believed, Ali and Obet tried to seek an audience with the Sultan. Both were seen entering Istana Pasir Penagi here at around 3.50pm but at 4.06pm the Ruler and an entourage were seen leaving the palace grounds.
Ali and Obet left minutes later.
Attempts to contact the two men were futile on Wednesday and there was no official announcement on the state assembly until yesterday.
Johor has 56 state seats, with six in opposition hands while the rest are held by the Barisan Nasional. It has 26 parliamentary seats, with Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa being the lone opposition representative in Johor.
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