Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as prime minister, capping a three-decade political journey from a protege of veteran chief Mahathir Mohamad to protest chief, a prisoner convicted of sodomy and opposition chief.
Anwar, 75, vowed to combat corruption and to deal with the economic system whereas additionally upholding Islam because the official faith of the multi-ethnic nation and defending particular rights of ethnic Malays.
“Thank God, as a result of we’ve seen a change that has awaited the individuals of Malaysia,” Anwar informed reporters at a late-evening handle, hours after he was sworn in by the king who appointed him after an inconclusive election.
“We are going to by no means compromise on good governance, the anti-corruption drive, judicial independence and the welfare of bizarre Malaysians,” he mentioned earlier than main chants of “Reformasi” – his rallying cry for reform throughout years of opposition.
His appointment ends 5 days of unprecedented post-election disaster however may usher in additional instability together with his rival, former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, difficult him to show his majority in parliament.
Each males’s coalitions did not win a majority in a Saturday election however Malaysia’s constitutional monarch, King Al-Sultan Abdullah, appointed Anwar after talking to a number of MPs.
Anwar’s supporters expressed hope that his authorities would avert a return to historic tensions between the ethnic Malay, Muslim majority and ethnic Chinese language and Indian minorities.
“All we wish is moderation for Malaysia, and Anwar represents that,” mentioned a communications supervisor in Kuala Lumpur, who requested to be recognized by her surname Tang.
“We will not have a rustic that’s divided by race and faith as that may set us again one other 10 years.”
Anwar’s coalition, referred to as Pakatan Harapan, received probably the most seats in Saturday’s vote with 82 whereas Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional bloc received 73.
They wanted 112 – a easy majority – to type a authorities.
The long-ruling Barisan bloc received solely 30 seats – the worst electoral efficiency for a coalition that had dominated politics since independence in 1957.
Barisan mentioned on Thursday it might not help a authorities led by Muhyiddin though it made no reference to Anwar.
Probably the most rapid situation going through Anwar would be the funds for subsequent 12 months, which was proposed earlier than the election was known as however has but to be handed.
Anwar will even have to barter agreements with MPs from different blocs to make sure he can retain majority help in parliament.