Muhyiddin Yassin named new Malaysian PM

Yassin had also served as deputy PM under Najib Razak

Malaysia Politics Malaysia's newly appointed PM Muhyiddin Yassin | AP

The president of Malaysian United Indigenous Party Muhyiddin Yassin was named Malaysia's new prime minister by Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin.

Yassin, the former interior minister had also served as deputy prime minister when Najib Razak was the prime minister.

Mahathir Mohamad announced that he is stepping down from the position of the prime minister on February 24. Along with resigning from the post of the prime minister, he also resigned from his political party, the Malaysian United Indigenous Party. Soon after Mahathir's resignation, his political party quit the ruling coalition, sending the government into a state of turmoil. Mahathir was asked to remain interim PM by the king until a replacement was appointed.

Allies of Mahathir, some renegade members of Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR), and several other Parliament members, including those from the opposition, United Malays National Organisation held talks on Sunday at a location on the outskirts of the country's capital Kuala Lumpur. This fuelled speculation of an imminent collapse of the coalition government.

Mahathir, as the seventh prime minister of Malaysia, served from 1981 to 2013. He then came to power in May 2018 and stepped down on February 24, 2020.

Muhyiddin will be sworn in Sunday, the palace said.