Ahmad Zahid among leaders meeting with Tun Mahathir in wake of PH gov’t collapse

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KUCHING, Feb 25: Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was among the leaders seen entering the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur, as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad started working as interim prime minister today.

According to MalayMail, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well as wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter PKR Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar were also spotted at PMO.

Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was also seen arriving at PMO, as was Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Dr Mahathir clocked in as interim prime minister at PMO in Perdana Putra building at 9.29am.

Meanwhile, on the third day of the political crisis in Malaysia, the MalayMail also reported that recently-sacked PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and his team of 11 MPs are expected to meet with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today.

Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin said that they are waiting for the phone call from Istana Negara.

The country’s political situation turned sour with the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan administration yesterday (Feb 24) after Dr Mahathir resigned as the seventh prime minister as well as chairman of his party Bersatu.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin accepted Dr Mahathir’s resignation and then appointed him as interim prime minister.

On the advice of the prime minister, the King also consented to the revocation of the appointment of the deputy prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers and political secretaries.

During the interim period, Dr Mahathir will manage the country’s administration until the new Prime Minister is appointed and a new Cabinet is formed.

Bersatu supreme council has also rejected Dr Mahathir’s resignation after an emergency meeting last night and the party leadership have visited Dr Mahathir at his residence this morning to appeal for him to return to continue leading Bersatu and country to greater heights.

According to New Straits Times, Dr Mahathir would be attending a closed-door meeting with the presidents of Umno, PAS, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

However it is not known where the meeting will take place.

Today, various political blocs are expected to meet the Agong in stages where they will be interviewed individually in search of a new government. —DayakDaily