Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysia’s political upheaval has now come to an end. Political uncertainty was being seen when no party got a clear majority in the general elections. However, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah of Malaysia has put an end to this. He has declared opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim as the new Prime Minister of the country. The Pakatan Harapan alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim got the maximum 82 seats.
There was a close fight between Muhyiddin Yasin’s alliance and Anwar Ibrahim’s alliance. Anwar’s Alliance of Hope won 82 seats in the 222-member parliament, while the National Alliance, led by former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, managed only 73 seats. The United Malays National Organization (UMNL), led by the outgoing Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yacoub, has been badly rejected by the public.
Who is Anwar Ibrahim?
Anwar Ibrahim will take oath as the 10th PM of Malaysia. He has been the deputy PM of the country in the 1990s. However, the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad had thrown him out of the government in 1998, blaming him for the economic crisis in the country. He has also gone to jail in 1998 on charges of corruption. During his appearance in the court, one of his eyes was blackened in a fight with him and as soon as he came out of jail, he made it the election symbol of his party.
He is also called a reformist leader. Also, he has gone to jail on charges of corruption, but he called it politically motivated. Anwar was also the Prime Minister in waiting in 2018. This alliance was also victorious in the 2018 general elections, but due to the struggle for power, the government of this alliance fell within 22 months. Political instability has continued in Malaysia since the fall of the government.
PM Modi also congratulated him
After the announcement of the name of Anwar Ibrahim as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia, PM Modi also congratulated him. The PM wrote in his tweet that, congratulations to Anwar Ibrahim on being elected the Prime Minister of Malaysia. I look forward to working together to further strengthen the India-Malaysia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Please tell that a large number of Indians live in Malaysia.
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