Malaysia elects first ever hung parliament

An inconclusive general election in Malaysia has produced the country’s first ever hung parliament.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim secured the most seats, but his Pakatan Harapan alliance fell well short of a majority.

The ruling coalition, led by Ismail Sabri Yaakob, suffered its worst electoral defeat ever, winning just 30 of the 178 seats it ran for.

Veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad lost his seat, suffering his first defeat in 53 years.

At 97, Mr Mahathir has dominated Malaysian politics for decades, first serving as the country’s prime minister from 1981 to 2003, and he was credited for the country’s rapid economic transformation from the 1980s.

The country is now however politically unstable, having seen three prime ministers since voters went to the polls in 2018.

The former ruling party UMNO suffered its worst ever election performance. Voters instead turned to Perikatan Nasional and the conservative Islamic party PAS.

Rival parties must now present the name of a…

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