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Malaysia in transition

Malaysian king presses Muhyiddin to reopen parliament immediately

Palace and state rulers oppose COVID emergency extension beyond Aug. 1

Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin inspects an honor guard: He has taken on a prominent role in managing the nation's fractious politics.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's king has called on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to reconvene the country's suspended parliament immediately, despite the latter's statement just a day earlier that the legislature could resume in September.

King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin, who chaired a special conference of Malay state rulers on Wednesday, made it clear he wants parliament to fulfill its purpose. Separately, the rulers also came out against extending the country's COVID-19 state of emergency, due to expire Aug. 1.

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