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Malaysia in transition

Muhyiddin cornered as UMNO formally tells king it drops support

Move by Malaysia's largest party adds pressure on prime minister to resign

Members of Malaysia's parliament attend a lower house session on July 26.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's largest political party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), has officially informed the king that it has withdrawn support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, further destabilizing a weak government battling rising COVID-19 cases.

In a news conference on Tuesday, UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Muhyiddin has effectively lost his majority in the lower house, as statutory declarations of UMNO lawmakers wishing to retract support for the premier had been submitted to King Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin.

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