Malaysian Palace denies the royal coup by appointing new prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Sunday's palace denied accusations of a royal coup d'etat by appointing the country's Prime Minister after a veteran leader. Mahathir Mohamad he resigned, saying that the king used his discretionary powers prescribed in the constitution.

The palace was responding to an editorial in the UK daily this week that said Malaysia 's king, , had overturned a democratic result when naming Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister despite the opposite camp claiming a majority.

Muhyiddin swore last Sunday as the head of a government formed with the support of a corrupt party that was defeated in the last general elections in 2018 by a multi-ethnic group.

The palace said it went beyond its call of obligation to meet with all legislators and leaders of several political parties before the king reached his decision that Muhyiddin was the person who would likely have a majority in parliament.

It was only after this rigorous and open consultation process, fully in accordance with the Federal Constitution, that His Majesty exercised his discretion under the Federal Constitution to appoint a new Prime Minister, the palace, Istana Negara, said in a statement.

Therefore, in no way can this process be considered a real coup, as The Guardian states in a questionable way.

Muhyiddin is expected to present his cabinet early next week.

He has postponed the start of parliamentary proceedings two months amid opposition efforts, led by Mahathir, 94, to challenge his government with a vote of confidence.

Mahathir's unexpected resignation as Prime Minister on February 24, after his coalition collapsed in the midst of a power battle, had plunged the country of Southeast Asia into political turmoil.