- Title: Former Malaysia Deputy PM Ismail Sabri poised to clinch premiership
- Date: 19th August 2021
- Summary: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (AUGUST 19, 2021) (REUTERS) MALAYSIA'S FORMER DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ISMAIL SABRI YAAKOB WALKING, WAVING TO MEDIA EXTERIOR OF UNITED MALAYS NATIONAL ORGANISATION (UMNO) HEADQUARTERS UMNO LOGO READING (Bahasa Malaysia): "UNITED, LOYAL, TO SERVE" MALAYSIAN NATIONAL FLAGS FLYING ISMAIL SABRI WALKING AND TALKING TO MEDIA ISMAIL SABRI WALKING TOWARDS COACH, ISMAIL SABRI WAVING TO MEDIA BEFORE BOARDING COACH VARIOUS OF MEDIA SURROUNDING COACH VARIOUS OF ISMAIL SABRI WAVING TO MEDIA MEDIA STANDING NEXT TO COACH ISMAIL SABRI WAVING AS COACH DRIVES AWAY SIGN READING (Bahasa Malaysia): "NATIONAL PALACE" POLICE STANDING OUTSIDE GATE TO NATIONAL PALACE POLICE OFFICER MEDIA STANDING OUTSIDE NATIONAL PALACE VARIOUS OF COACH CARRYING ISMAIL SABRI AND OTHER VEHICLES ENTERING NATIONAL PALACE POLICE OFFICER STANDING ENTRANCE OF NATIONAL PALACE
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2021 11:25
- Keywords: King Al-Sultan Abdullah Malaysia Muhyiddin Yassin National Palace United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party former Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob politics resignation
- Location: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- City: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQY1QVB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob moved closer on Thursday (August 19) to forming the next government after securing a parliamentary majority from the same coalition that collapsed earlier this week.
Muhyiddin Yassin resigned as prime minister on Monday (August 16) after conceding he had lost support from his alliance, bringing to an end a fraught 17 months in office and throwing the country into further political chaos amidst a COVID-19 surge and economic slump.
A large convoy followed a coach carrying Ismail Sabri to the national palace on Thursday to meet with the king.
King Al-Sultan Abdullah, the constitutional monarch who will be appointing a new premier, is scheduled to meet with the country's other senior royals on Friday (August 20). A decision on the new government head is likely to be announced after that.
If confirmed, Ismail Sabri's appointment would mark the return of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party to leadership, three years after it lost a general election because of corruption allegations, especially around the multi-billion dollar scandal at investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
(Production: Ebrahim Harris)
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