KUALA LUMPUR – February 24, 2020: Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has resigned as the seventh prime minister of Malaysia.
The announcement came in a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office today amidst intense speculation that a new coalition would replace Pakatan Harapan.
“His resignation letter has been sent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at one in the afternoon today,” said the brief statement.
Another statement by his Pribumi Bersatu office said Mahathir had also tendered his resignation as the party’s chairman.
The possible formation of a new coalition inched closer to reality yesterday when Yang di-Pertuan Agong al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met several party leaders.
They were were believed to have briefed the Agong on their plan to form the government to replace the ruling Pakatan Harapan.
Pribumi Bersatu also announced its decision to leave Pakatan. The announcement came from party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin following a special meeting of its supreme council members.