KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will step down on Monday , news portal Malaysiakini reported on Sunday. The resignation, if confirmed, could end months of political turmoil facing the Southeast Asian nation, which is already battling record high Covid-19 infections and an economic downturn from multiple lockdowns. But it is not clear who would form the next government as no party has a clear majority in parliament. It would be up to the constitutional monarch, King Al-Sultan Abdullah, to decide what happens next. Here are the possible scenarios: Interim government The king can appoint an interim premier from among lawmakers, including Muhyiddin himself, until a permanent successor is found. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the king has the power to appoint as prime minister a lawmaker whom he believes can command a majority. Elections Muhyiddin can advise the king to dissolve parliament and call for early polls. But elections are unlikely in the short term as Malaysia has seen a record number of COVID infections and deaths in recent days. A general election is not due until 2023. King picks new premier When former premier Mahathir Mohamad resigned just two years into his five-year term in… Read full this story
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