Updated: Malaysian parliament to hold special sitting March 2 to elect new PM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 27 (NNN-BERNAMA) — A special sitting of the Malaysian Parliament will be held on March 2 to determine the candidate who commands majority support to be the next prime minister, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The interim Prime Minister said if the House fails to arrive at a decision, a snap election would be called.

”A snap election will be called if the March 2 special Parliament session fails to get the necessary majority to elect the PM,” he told a news conference after unveiling the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package at Bangunan Perdana Putra here today.

Dr Mahathir was asked on the outcome of the audience he had earlier today with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

“As you know, the King had asked all Members of Parliament to give a statement because they have made a statutory declaration (of support for Dr. Mahathir as prime minister) but he was not sure so he wanted them to make a statement in front of him.

“And, for two days … the result is that he could not find anybody with a distinct majority and, because he did not get a distinct majority, he said that the right forum would be the Parliament or Dewan Rakyat,” he said.