Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is at Istana Negara for an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today after tendering his resignation as prime minister earlier.
Dr Mahathir was seen arriving through the palace main gate at 4.40pm.
The 94-year-old was summoned for a meeting with the King after tendering his resignation letter as prime minister at 1pm.
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, who is also PKR advisory board chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had a separate audience with Sultan Abdullah earlier at 2.30pm for about an hour.
Federal lawmakers from Muafakat Nasional have secured an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong this evening, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said today.
Harian Metro quoted Takiyuddin as saying that all PAS, Umno and Barisan Nasional MPs will attend the audience scheduled for 5pm, the same as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s audience with the Agong following his resignation as the prime minister.
The Kota Baru MP claimed his “side” has 129 MPs, over a dozen more than the 112 needed to form a federal government by simple majority.
“Yes, we have the sufficient number (of MPs). We will meet the YDPA this evening,” the Malay tabloid quoted him as saying.
Takiyuddin, who was approached by reporters at Umno’s headquarters in Menara Onn here, also indicated that the audience with the Agong would be together with Dr Mahathir.
Dr Mahathir announced his resignation as prime minister and Bersatu chairman earlier this evening amid a whirlwind of explosive events, including the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.
This comes after Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the party’s exit from the coalition, now a three-party member with just over 90 seats in the Dewan Rakyat.
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