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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's PM seals political cease-fire to focus on COVID battle

Ismail Sabri says deal with Anwar and others will pave way for stabilizing reforms

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is attempting to put a stop to perpetual political upheaval.   © Malaysian Prime Minister's Office via AP

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's ruling and opposition parties on Monday inked an agreement that promises to halt a long bout of political instability, in a boost for new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's fledgling government.

After taking charge in August, one of Ismail Sabri's first moves was to open negotiations with rivals, hoping for a cease-fire that would allow him to focus on fighting COVID-19 and rebuilding the economy.

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