Anwar leaves Istana Negara after being sworn in as 10th Prime Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has left Istana Negara following the swearing-in ceremony, in which he took his oaths of office before the King at 5pm on Thursday (Nov 24).

Clad in a black Baju Melayu complete with songkok, Anwar arrived at the palace in a black BMW at 4.32pm.

Anwar was accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and both waved to the gathered media who had been stationed at the Istana Negara gate since 8.30am.

Anwar, 75, has been vying for the premiership for decades, and was the deputy prime minister before he was sacked in 1998 following disagreements with then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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, resulting in a hung Parliament.

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

A special meeting was held at 11am on 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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