Muhyiddin Yassin has resigned as prime minister but will serve as caretaker premier until his successor is appointed.
The Pagoh MP confirmed in a televised address that he had tendered his resignation, along with that of his cabinet's, to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong earlier in the afternoon, as his administration no longer enjoyed the majority support of MPs in Parliament.
Muhyiddin said that he had done all he could to save the Perikatan Nasional government, but the pulling of support by 15 Umno MPs had left him with no choice but to quit.
He, however, assured that his administration had secured more than enough supply of vaccines to weather the COVID-19 storm.
With his resignation, Muhyiddin stressed that the question of him proving the majority in Parliament does not arise.
Muhyiddin expressed hope that his successor would be appointed soon, so that the country's administration could proceed smoothly, especially amid the pandemic.
Check out his speech here:
Earlier, the Istana Negara in a statement confirmed receiving the resignation of Muhyiddin and his cabinet.
"Following the resignation, His Majesty had decreed that Muhyiddin serve as the caretaker prime minister until a successor is found," read the statement by Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin.
Since about 79 per cent of state constituencies in the country are COVID-19 red areas, it would not be the "best move" to call for a general election to appoint the next leadership, the statement added.
Photo& Video source: Astro Awani.
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