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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia PM stalls parliament to block Mahathir reprisal

Muhyiddin fends off no-confidence vote with two-month delay

Muhyiddin Yassin became the 8th prime minister on March 1.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin postponed the next legislative session by two months in an apparent gambit to head off a no-confidence vote by his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad.

The parliament's lower house was scheduled to meet Monday, but the date has been pushed back to May 18, Speaker Mohamad Ariff Yusof said Wednesday, relaying a notice received from Muhyiddin. The legislative session will now end on June 23.

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