Malaysia’s longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been appointed as the country’s new prime minister after several days of post-election deadlock.
King Sultan Abdullah appointed the new leader after elections over the weekend resulted in a dead-end parliament without an outright majority.
Neither Anwar nor former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had obtained the simple majority needed to form a government.
Anwar will be sworn in before the king at 17:00 local time (09:00 GMT).
His appointment marks the fulfilment of a decades-long quest to become the country’s leader.
Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) party first made history in 2018 after ending the reign of Barisan Nasional.
But he lost power two years later when then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad resigned, and the ruling coalition collapsed, plunging Malaysia into a period of political turmoil.