Anwar arrives at Istana Negara to be sworn in as 10th PM


KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan Chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has arrived at Istana Negara where he will be sworn in as Malaysia's 10th Prime Minister at 5pm Thursday (Nov 24).

Clad in a black Baju Melayu, Anwar, who arrived in a black BMW, was escorted by a complete police motorcade typically accorded to the prime minister.

Anwar, who was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, was seen waving to the group of media who have been stationed at Istana Negara since 8.30am.

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in a statement Thursday, said after refining the views of the Malay rulers, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has given his consent to appoint Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister in accordance with His Majesty's authority as provided under Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43(2) (a) of the Federal Constitution.

Ahmad Fadil said the King reminds all Dewan Rakyat members to work together for the future of our beloved nation.

The King said the nation is an inheritance, which has been entrusted to the leaders, who need to protect it for the younger generation.

Al-Sultan Abdullah also reminded the Prime Minister and the new government to remain humble.

"The people should not be burdened with endless political turmoil.

"The country needs a stable government to stimulate the economic landscape and for development.

"Dewan Rakyat members who have been elected by the people are reminded to show solidarity by giving priority, high commitment and their best service to the people," Ahmad Fadil said.

In GE15, no party was able to secure a simple majority to form the new Federal government.

The three main coalitions, namely Pakatan Harapan, Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional won 82, 73 and 30 seats respectively.

Political parties and coalitions failed to reach a consensus following the conclusion of GE15, with the situation remaining unresolved for several days.

A special meeting was held at 11am Thursday among the Malay Rulers.

The special meeting was held to allow the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to seek the opinion of his fellow Rulers on the formation of the new government.

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