Countdown for Putrajaya begins

PETALING JAYA: All leaders of political parties and coalitions that have won the most number of parliamentary seats in the 15th General Election have until 2pm today to inform Istana Negara about a new alliance to form a government and submit the name of their prime minister candidate, decrees the King.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King had been notified by the Election Commission (EC) that no political party was able to obtain a simple majority to form the new government after GE15.

The palace, he said in a statement, had received the official results of the polls at 1.15pm yesterday.

“The document submitted by EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Salleh clearly stated that no political party has managed to gain the simple majority to form a new government.

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“Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah sought Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun’s cooperation to ask the heads of political parties and coalitions which have the most number of parliamentary seats to inform the Istana Negara on their alliance to form a government post-GE15.

“The heads will be asked to give a name of one MP who has the confidence of the majority in Dewan Rakyat to be the prime minister by 2pm on Monday.

“In accordance with Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution, His Majesty’s decree and decision on the formation of the new Federal Government and the appointment of the prime minister through this process is final,” said Ahmad Fadil.

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The King, he added, advised the people and the heads of political parties to abide by and respect the democratic process, and to accept the results of GE15 with an open heart for the country’s sake.

“His Majesty also reminded all that the country needs a government that is stable and has credibility and integrity to ensure the well-being of the people and drive the national prosperity agenda,” Ahmad Fadil said.

In another statement, Azhar said he had written a letter to the party chiefs and secretaries-general to submit a list of parties and the names of the MPs and possible Independents who had agreed to an alliance of at least 112 seats via statutory declarations.

“They are also asked to name one from within their alliance who has received the confidence to be the 10th Prime Minister via statutory declarations from each MP,” he said, adding that this must be stated clearly.

The documents must be handed over to the palace by the deadline, he added

On Saturday, Pakatan Harapan emerged as the biggest coalition in Parliament with 82 seats, including Muda, but is still short of the 112 needed for a simple majority.

The second biggest coalition is Perikatan Nasional with 73 seats while Barisan Nasional has 30, Gabungan Parti Sarawak won 22 and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah managed to get six seats.

Other parties won seven seats.

Of the 222 seats in the Dewan Rakyat, polling was suspended in Sarawak’s Baram constituency due to bad weather while that in Padang Serai was postponed following the death of a candidate.

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