Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim says the inclusion in the new Cabinet of MPs facing charges in court will be discussed with the component parties of the unity government.
Speaking at a press conference after taking his oath of office at Istana Negara yesterday, he said Pakatan Harapan's (PH) stance on excluding MPs involved in corruption and abuse of power remained unchanged.
"But because it involves the issue of a unity government, we need to discuss it (with the government parties).
"The difference is when a sentence is handed down. When there has been a conviction, then according to PH's stance, it will be difficult for us to continue.
"But allow me the space to discuss this in detail with the other parties in the unity government," he said in Kajang, Selangor yesterday.
Anwar was appointed as prime minister by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah yesterday.
However, the palace statement naming Anwar as the 10th prime minister made no mention of his government being a unity government.
Apart from PH, Anwar has the support of MPs from Barisan Nasional, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Warisan, Muda and Parti Bangsa Malaysia.
Gabungan Rakyat Sabah has also said that it will cooperate with Anwar's government.