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12:00 AM, September 24, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:36 AM, September 24, 2020

Malaysia govt ‘has fallen’

Says Anwar as he claims majority

Malaysian opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim yesterday said he had "formidable" support from MPs to form a new government, but the prime minister insisted he remained the country's legitimate leader. 

The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since an alliance that swept to power in 2018, which was headed by Mahathir Mohamad and included Anwar, collapsed in February amid bitter infighting.

Muhyiddin Yassin became premier at the head of a coalition backed by a scandal-plagued party which had been ousted at the polls two years earlier, but with only a wafer-thin majority in parliament.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Anwar -- who has long sought to become PM -- said he now had the backing of enough MPs to form the government and oust Muhyiddin.

"Conclusively we have a strong, formidable majority," the 73-year-old said. "The government under the leadership of Muhyiddin Yassin has fallen."

However, there were immediately doubts over his claim as he did not reveal how many MPs were backing him or which parties they were from. A government must command the support of a majority of the 222 MPs in parliament. To form a new government Anwar must prove to the king that he has enough support in parliament, and he has yet to meet the monarch.

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