Anwar’s swearing-in ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) at the national palace, it said in a statement.
Malaysia needs a stable government to revitalize the country’s economy and development, the statement said.
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said in the statement that Anwar’s appointment was in line with the constitution, according to which the king can appoint at his discretion any member of parliament (MP) he believes has majority support as prime minister.
Members of the public are also reminded to remain calm and the king also advised the new prime minister not to inflict any more political calamities on the people and build a stable government. All parliamentarians are also reminded to stand in solidarity and commit and make it a priority to serve the people.
Malaysia had been in a political stalemate following the indecisive results of early national elections last Saturday, with no political coalition or party securing enough seats in the lower house of parliament to form a government on its own.
The king held several audiences with the heads of the main political coalitions in an attempt to break the deadlock and convened the conference of rulers to deliberate on the matter.
Following the meeting, Anwar, whose PH coalition won the most seats in Saturday’s elections with 82, was named the Southeast Asian country’s new prime minister, allowing the formation of a new government.
The lower house of parliament has 222 seats and the vote for one was postponed due to the sudden death of a candidate.
Of the major political coalitions contesting the 221 seats, Perikatan Nasional won 73, Barisan Nasional won 30 and GPS, the group of parties from the northern Borneo state of Sarawak, won 23, according to Malaysia’s electoral commission. ■