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Anwar says Agong tells leaders to stop fractious politics as nation battles pandemic

The Pakatan Harapan chairman says party leaders were advised to change their ways across the political divide.

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Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim says the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a meeting with top party leaders today advised them to change their ways across the political divide, telling them to embrace a new consensus as the country continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Agong spoke about the constitutional provisions of searching for the candidate who has the majority support of MPs.

“But the shape of politics must change. This means, the winners should not pressure the losers. There should be a mover to mobilise all parties with the spirit of a new consensus and charter to manage the Covid-19 problem and restore the country’s economy,” Anwar told reporters after the audience at Istana Negara.

He said all political party leaders were present during the session with the Agong. Also present was the Agong’s deputy, Sultan Nazrin Shah.

The meeting called by the Agong came a day after Muhyiddin Yassin resigned as prime minister, bringing to end the 17-month-old Perikatan Nasional government.

His resignation followed a campaign to topple the government led by Anwar, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former prime minister Najib Razak.

A total of 220 MPs have until 4pm tomorrow to submit their choice of prime minister to form the government, as part of the process to help the Agong decide who commands the support of the majority.

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