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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's king to consult party leaders on next PM again

Parliament vote to decide new leader blocked as parties expected to negotiate

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin, left, is drawn into the nation's political crisis.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's monarch on Friday blocked the plan presented by interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for a parliamentary vote to choose a new prime minister.

In a statement, Comptroller of the Royal Family & Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin's secretary, said leaders of political parties would be summoned again to meet the monarch to propose a prime ministerial candidate.

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