Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin will offer his resignation to the king Monday, a minister said.
Muhyiddin is faced with pressure to step aside after losing his parliamentary majority coupled with how his administration has handled the coronavirus outbreak.
He made a last-ditch attempt to cling to power Friday by urging opposition MPs to support him in exchange for institutional reforms — but his offer was turned down.
According to Minister Mohamad Redzuan, Muhyiddin informed lawmakers from his party during a meeting in Kuala Lumpur Sunday that he would tender his resignation.
“He will hold a final cabinet meeting on Monday, then he will head to the palace to submit his resignation letter,” said the minister in the prime minister’s department.
“We did try to convince him to stay on, but he said: ‘We do not have the number of MPs.”
Muhyiddin told the meeting it would be up to the king — who has publicly criticised his government — to accept his resignation or not, the minister added.
Malaysia’s constitutional monarch formally appoints the candidate whom he believes commands majority support in parliament as premier.
There has been speculation that, should he step down, a new government will be formed without elections due to concerns that polls could worsen the virus outbreak