Malaysia announces November 19 election date, Mahathir returns to prime minister for third round

Malaysia is expected to hold general elections on November 19 after the prime minister’s decision to dissolve parliament. and holding early elections to restore political stability

Prime Minister Ismail Zabri Yacob announces the dissolution of parliament on Monday, October 10, to prepare the way for elections a year earlier than expected, hoping to use the opportunity to restore the government’s status in floods. and swept the seat The majority of members of the House of Representatives is 222 seats.

Abdul Ghani Salleh, Chairman of the Malaysian Election Commission A general election date will be set for November 19, with a national list of candidates to be announced on November 5, one of which is expected to bear the name of 97-year-old former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad included

The election battle is expected to be a fierce battle between the Samalay National Party (UMNO), the head of the Barisan National (BN) coalition and the Pakatan Harapan coalition. Pakatan Harapan) led by veteran opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

to other parties Also coming into play is Pejuang Mahathir’s party, which has a majority Malay base, with the influential former prime minister indicating that he is ready to sit in the Malaysian leadership chair for the 3rd round

Prime Minister Ismail is Malaysia’s third leader in four years, reflecting the severe political instability. After the last general election in 2018

UMNO, which has ruled Malaysia for over 60 years, suffered a major setback four years ago due to allegations of corruption from the misuse of the UN Malaysia Development Fund. HUD (1MDB) by Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia at the time was accused of several charges of fraud. and when last August. He was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for some offences. It does not include other cases. that could make the former prime minister have to spend much longer in prison.

source: AFP

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