KUALA KANGSAR: Perak Pakatan Harapan chairman Ahmad Faizal Azumu has been sworn in as Perak Mentri Besar, paving the way to the formation of a Pakatan Harapan government in the silver state.
The swearing-in ceremony took place before Perak's Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at Istana Iskandariah here at around 6pm Saturday (May 12).
In his address, Sultan Nazrin said Pakatan had successfully convinced him that they had achieved a simple majority of 31 seats at 12pm earlier.
"With this, I hope that the new administration will carry out their duties with integrity.
"Always be ready to listen to the voices of the rakyat with an open mind, be ready to admit when you're wrong ," he said.
With Ahmad Faizal's appointment, this finally ends the stalemate of who gets to form the state government.
Pakatan had won 29 state assembly seats in GE14. Barisan Nasional had 27 seats while PAS had three seats.
Pakatan successfully secured 31 seats to form the government after two Barisan assemblymen pledged their support to them.
Ahmad Faizal Azumu, 48, is a businessman who was born in Ipoh.
He graduated in Business Studies from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He is married with two children:
He began his political career as a Special Officer to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (2011-2013) before becoming Senior Special Officer to Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir (2013-2016).
He was the former Umno Ipoh Barat Youth chief (2016-2017) before he became Perak Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman (2017-current).
He is currently the Perak Pakatan Harapan chairman.