KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition, which has governed for the past 61 years since the country gained independence in 1957, has been ousted in the country’s 14th general election held Wednesday by an opposition grouping, Pakatan Harapan, whose four component parties captured a total of 113 of the 222 seats in the lower house of Parliament for a simple majority.
Election Commission chairman Mohamedd Hashim Abdullah announced early Thursday that Pakatan Harapan had achieved a simple majority in Parliament to form the next federal government.
He said that the coalition, comprising Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara, had won 113 seats, while Barisan Nasional had won 79 seats.
The Islamic party, PAS, won 18 seats and others — independents and smaller party candidates — won eight seats, he announced following the completion of vote counting.
The Pakatan Harapan alliance had announced during the lead-up to polling day that the component parties had picked former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed as their candidate for Prime Minister and he is sceduled to be sworn in later Thursday.
Dr Mahathir, 92 was Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, holding that post for 22 years from July 1961 until his retirement in October 2003. Opposed to the policies of outgoing prime Najib Razak, in 2016 he formed the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM, or Malaysian United Indigenous Party), which is a member of the Pakatan Harapan.
Catetaker prime minister Najib, who has been in power since April 2009, is scheduled to hold a media conference at 11am local time (0300 hours UTC) Thursday.
Source: NAM News Network