Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday submitted his resignation to the king, the palace said in a statement. Yassin will continue as the “caretaker” prime minister until a new leader is appointed.
The move comes after 17 months of political unrest in the office. In the statement, the palace said that an election was not the best option and King Al-Sultan Abdullah was happy for Muhyiddin to stay on as caretaker.
“The king has received the resignation letter of Muhyiddin Yassin and the entire cabinet effective immediately,” it said in a statement on Facebook.
“Following the resignation, the king is pleased for Muhyiddin to fill the role as caretaker prime minister until a new prime minister is appointed.”
In a nationally televised speech, Yassin said that he resigned from the post because he lost the majority in the parliament. He also informed that he will not work with “kleptocrats” and interfere with the country’s judiciary process to remain in power, CNBC reported.
Things went downhill in the Malaysian parliament when Yassin tried to reboot the COVID-19 stricken economy. Recently United Malays National Organisation or UMNO — the largest party in the ruling coalition — withdrew their support. This resulted in mounting pressure on Yassin to step down from the position.
Muhyiddin Yassin came into power in March 2020, with a majority of 222 seats.