Resignation accepted, Mahathir appointed as caretaker

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s car leaving Istana Negara earlier this evening. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been appointed caretaker prime minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, after accepting Mahathir’s resignation from his position as head of the Pakatan Harapan administration.

The Chief Secretary to the Government, Mohamed Zuki Ali, said the King had appointed Mahathir as interim prime minister pending the appointment of a prime minister in line with Article 43(2) of the Federal Constitution and the formation of a new Cabinet.

Article 43 states that the King shall appoint as prime minister someone who commands the confidence of a majority in the Dewan Rakyat, and shall appoint a Cabinet on the advice of the prime minister.

Azmin and vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin were expelled from PKR this morning, which led to the departure of 10 others.

Mahathir had announced his resignation as prime minister this morning and also relinquished the chairmanship of PPBM, the party he founded after leaving Umno in 2017.

Earlier this afternoon, the King had received in audience PKR president  Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is Deputy Prime Minister in Mahathir’s government.