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Ismail Sabri sworn in as ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Ismail Sabri Yaakob has been sworn in as the ninth Prime Minister of Malaysia. As a result, the country's long-running political instability came to an end. On Saturday, the country's king administered the oath to the new prime minister.

Ismail Sabri replaced Muhiuddin Yasin after his resignation on Monday, August 16.

Earlier, Ismail Sabri was the Deputy Prime Minister from Muhiuddin Yasin's cabinet. In 2008, he was appointed as Minister for Youth and Sports under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and a year later, under Najib Razak, he was appointed Minister for Internal Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism.

Before being appointed as the Minister of Rural and Regional Development in 2015, he was made the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries in 2013. This week, Muhsin Yassin's government collapsed. Since then, the name of Ismail Sabri has been heard as the new Prime Minister.

In less than four years, the prime minister has been replaced three times in Malaysia. The country has been in political turmoil for the past few years. During his 17 months in power, Muhinuddin Yassin was forced to step down due to the escalation of the Corona outbreak and the economic downturn.

In 2020, Muhiuddin Yassin became the Prime Minister of Malaysia after winning the votes of the members of the Malaysian Parliament Dewan Rakayet. However, he was under constant pressure to retain his position as the gap between the votes for and against him was small.

Recently that pressure has increased even more. Several lawmakers from his party joined the United Malayas National Organization. Muhiuddin Yassin is also accused of failing to deal with the Corona epidemic, arbitrariness, failing to provide proper guidance in restructuring the economy in the event of an pandemic, and unreasonably advising the king to declare a state of emergency across the country.

Protests also began in Malaysia in late July demanding his resignation. In a televised speech on August 4, Yassin announced that he wanted a vote of confidence in Dewan Rakai in September to determine whether members of parliament were ready to accept him as prime minister. But Muhiuddin Yasin resigned before the confidence vote.

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