February 27, 2020 / 11:26 AM / 3 months ago

Malaysia's Anwar 'surprised' by announcement of king's decision over PM

FILE PHOTO: Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim smiles during a news conference in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was surprised that a decision on how to pick the next premier was announced by interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before the country’s nine monarchs could meet on Friday.

Citing the king, Mahathir told a new conference that parliament will vote on a new candidate for prime minister on Monday and if nobody can win majority support there will be a snap election.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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