Anwar appointed 10th PM, ending five-day post-GE15 impasse

KUALA LUMPUR – After five days of a hung Parliament following the 15th general election (GE15), the political uncertainty that hovered over Malaysia has finally been cleared with the appointment of Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the country’s 10th Prime Minister.

To be sure, the process to solve the political impasse was not an easy one. For days, 33 million Malaysians, especially the more than 17 million who voted in GE15 on Nov 19, had been kept on tenterhooks following developments to cobble together a new federal government.

The country was left with a hung Parliament for the first time since its first general election in 1955, after no one party or coalition won a simple majority of 112 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat.

That set the two coalitions that won the most number of seats – PH with 82 and Perikatan Nasional (PN) with 73 – into a race to secure the numbers to form the new government.

Apart from PH and PN, other parties that won seats in GE15 are Barisan Nasional (BN) with 30; Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), 23; Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), six; Warisan, three; and Parti Bangsa Malaysia and Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat, with one each. Two independent candidates were also successful in the polls. – Bernama / pic credit: Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia