According to a minister, Malaysia’s prime minister plans to announce his resignation on Monday

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyidin Yasin is due to resign on Monday after weeks of political crisis in the country over his management of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 74-year-old head of government of Malaysia has already communicated his decision to members of his party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof told Bloomberg.

According to a minister, Malaysia’s prime minister plans to announce his resignation on Monday
According to a minister, Malaysia’s prime minister plans to announce his resignation on Monday

“The prime minister has explored every last option,” the minister said in additional comments to the newspaper “Star”, which would mean his final surrender after months of pressure.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the opposition’s rejection of its reform proposal ahead of the call for parliamentary elections in July 2022, which would mark the end of his 17-month term.

This opens up an opportunity for the opposition of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), because Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yakcob or veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, both members of the organization, could succeed the Prime Minister, which would bring the formation back to power after the scandal surrounding the investment firm 1MDB, which cost her her position in 2018.

Muhyiddin, who became prime minister after a power struggle following the sudden resignation of Mahathir Mohamad last year, tried to exercise control in early 2021 by declaring a state of emergency and suspending parliament.

The prime minister cited the pandemic as the cause and sought approval from the king, but infections increased and the economy eventually suffered from conflicting government guidelines.

Last week, the central bank of Malaysia lowered its economic growth forecast for 2021 for the second time, as further restrictions on movement and rising infections make recovery more difficult.

The economy contracted 2 percent in the second quarter from the first, shortening a brief rally and prompting officials to announce plans to ease restrictions on retail and manufacturing over the weekend.

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