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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Anwar claims 'majority' while PM Muhyiddin demands proof

King's response in focus as ex-leader Mahathir says 'wait and see'

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, faces a challenge from longtime leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim. (Source photos by AP and EPA/Jiji) 

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday said he commands the "majority" of lawmakers needed to topple the government of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who showed no signs of being ready to quit later the same day.

Anwar did not reveal specific numbers or list the parties supporting him. But he claimed to have formed a new coalition with a "strong, formidable and convincing" majority among the 222 elected representatives in the lower house.

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