Malaysia’s Anwar named country’s 10th prime minister | Politics News


Veteran politician lastly secures high submit after inconclusive election led to days of haggling and monarch’s intervention.

Anwar Ibrahim has been named Malaysia’s new prime minister, marking an unimaginable comeback for a person who was first lined up for the job within the increase years of the Nineties earlier than he was instantly sacked and jailed.

Anwar’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition gained essentially the most seats within the weekend’s election, however nobody social gathering or coalition emerged with the 112 seat parliamentary majority essential to kind a authorities.

PH and the rival conservative Malay-Muslim Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition beneath former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, which had the second-highest variety of seats, each started negotiations to kind a authorities, wooing smaller coalitions within the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak in addition to Barisan Nasional (BN), the alliance that dominated Malaysia for some 60 years earlier than its historic defeat within the final elections in 2018.

With neither in a position to make a breakthrough, King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah met Anwar and Muhyiddin in addition to newly elected elected members of parliament to canvas their views on who ought to lead the brand new authorities.

After a gathering of the royal households on Thursday, the king introduced that Anwar can be the prime minister and can be sworn in at a ceremony at 5pm (09:00 GMT).


Kenyan president increases country’s minimum wage by 12% | Russia-Ukraine war News

Throughout East Africa, costs of sure commodities are rising partly due to the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has introduced a direct improve within the nation’s minimal wage by 12 p.c to assist employees deal with a surge in shopper costs, pushed partly by the battle in Ukraine.

“There’s a compelling case to assessment the minimal wage in order to cushion our employees in opposition to additional erosion of their buying energy,” an announcement issued on Sunday by the president’s workplace quoted him as saying at Labour Day celebrations within the capital, Nairobi.

The rise, he mentioned, was obligatory as a result of the minimal wage had not been reviewed in three years and the price of residing has elevated.

Kenya’s present minimal wage is 13,500 Kenyan shillings ($116.68) per thirty days.

As in different nations throughout the area, Kenyans are grappling with a surge in costs of commodities, together with cooking oil and gasoline, aggravated by provide considerations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that started on February 24.

Inflation within the East African nation rose to six.47 p.c year-on-year final month from 5.56 p.c in March, the statistics workplace mentioned.

Final month, the nation suffered shortages of gasoline, with visitors in some components of Nairobi coming to a standstill as motorists joined lengthy queues exterior petrol stations.