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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's embattled Muhyiddin buys time, vows confidence vote

Resisting calls to quit, PM says king will let him test majority in September

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, pictured in a file photo, continues to fend off attempts to force his resignation.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Wednesday fought off attempts to force his resignation, likely buying at least a month to demonstrate he still controls a majority in the lower house of parliament.

The premier appeared to have lost what was thought to be a two-seat advantage Tuesday night, when around 10 lawmakers from the largest ruling coalition party -- the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) -- formally withdrew their support. Yet Muhyiddin told a live telecast on Wednesday that he will face a confidence motion in parliament after it reopens next month.

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