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Malaysia in transition

Malaysian king confers with Mahathir and peers on COVID emergency

With expiry weeks away, all parties given a say ahead of key rulers meeting

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad waves as he leaves an audience with the king on June 10.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's king, in an unusual development, summoned all political party leaders this week to private audiences, giving them an opportunity to have their say on the COVID-19 crisis and the controversial state of emergency that expires in seven weeks.

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim were among those invited to see King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin, amid rampant speculation that current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may be eyeing an emergency extension beyond Aug. 1.

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