Malaysia’s largest political party withdraws support for PM

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Bangkok Office, Jul 8 (EFE) – Malaysia’s largest political party and an ally of the ruling coalition announced Wednesday evening that it was withdrawing its support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and called for his resignation to its management of the Covid-19 pandemic, plunging the country into a new political crisis.

United National Organization Malay (UNMO) President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in a statement on Thursday that the prime minister had failed to fulfill the conditions for UNMO support by failing to promote economic recovery or by containing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zahid called for the appointment of an interim prime minister to focus on efforts to deal with the pandemic and said elections should be called when collective immunity is achieved in the country.

“The failure of this government is very obvious. He abused the proclamation of a state of emergency, which is only seen as a political ploy, and only harmed the people and their economy, ”Zahid said.

However, Muhyiddin could remain in office due to the uncertainty created by the state of emergency in the country over the pandemic, which has led to the suspension of parliament.

The prime minister has yet to comment on the matter, while members of the government belonging to the UNMO, with portfolios such as defense, health and foreign affairs, have also not spoken about their future at the UNMO. within government.

Muhyiddin, 73, was appointed prime minister in March 2020 after a deep political crisis sparked by internal rebellions within the previous government coalition.

Malaysia imposed a national lockdown in June after a strong Covid-19 outbreak in a country, where more than 800,000 infections have been recorded, the third highest number in Southeast Asia, behind Indonesia and the Philippines. EFE

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