11 July 2024

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Uncertainty grew over the political future of Malaysia and the man who has dominated it for decades on Friday as the royal palace rejected Mahathir Mohamad’s plan for a vote to choose a new prime minister.

Meanwhile, Mahathir’s party chose a different candidate for prime minister four days after the 94-year-old’s resignation from the position plunged the Southeast Asian country into turmoil.

On Friday, Mahathir’s Bersatu party announced that its candidate for prime minister would now be former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

In an alliance with Anwar, Mahathir left retirement in 2018 to win back the post he held from 1981-2003 on an anti-corruption platform. But tension had persisted between the two over Mahathir’s promise to one day hand power to his long-term rival. No date for that was ever set.