Muhyiddin Yassin to be Malaysia's next prime minister: Palace statement

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasmin, president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, arriving at the party's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 24, 2020.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's King has picked Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister after meeting political leaders on Saturday (Feb 29) morning.

The announcement comes even as interim premier Tun Mahathir Mohamad was cobbling together enough support to return Pakatan Harapan (PH) to power.

"After receiving representations for all party leaders and independent MPs, in the opinion of His Majesty, Pagoh MP Tan Sri Muhyiddin Bin Md Yasin (Muhyiddin) is likely to have the confidence of MPs," royal comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement on Saturday evening.

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