The forerunners are Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic) and Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Hajiji Noor.
Sources told The Star that both sides are involved in hard bargaining following the announcement that the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) pact had won the 16th Sabah state elections.
GRS comprises Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
The Barisan assemblymen who won are staying at the Ming Garden Hotel while Perikatan assemblymen who won are at the Magellan Sutera resort here.
Umno has 16 assemblymen whereas Bersatu has 10 together with five from its ally Sabah STAR, while Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has seven.
Former chief minister and Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has not conceded defeat and is expected to put up a fight.
Shafie said his party is the biggest winner and under the Sabah Constitution, the leader of the party with the biggest majority shall be given the first opportunity to form the state government.
Meanwhile, the chief minister negotiations involve not only state politics but also federal-level politics, said a GRS insider.
GRS won 38 seats (Barisan has 14, Perikatan has 17, and PBS has seven) and the Warisan Plus pact won 32 seats, with Independents taking the remaining three seats.
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