After inconclusive general elections, Malaysia’s reformist opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim moved closer to becoming the country’s new prime minister after a political party agreed Thursday to support a unity government.
Any agreement still needs to be approved by Malaysia’s king. Last Saturday’s divisive election resulted in a hung parliament, reigniting Malaysia’s leadership crisis, which has seen three prime ministers since 2018.
Police in Malaysia has also increased security across the country as social media warns of racial unrest if Anwar’s multiethnic bloc wins. Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope, won the most parliamentary seats but fell short of the 112 required for a majority.
Muhyiddin’s Malay-centric Perikatan Nasional, or National Alliance, won 73 seats. The United Malays National Organization-led alliance, which has 30 seats, holds the key that will tip the scales.