Malaysian opposition lawmakers quit, boost for Najib
Anwar Ibrahim lost its majority in the Perak state government after several of its lawmakers quit in the last few days.
Malaysia's embattled ruling coalition said on Wednesday it was ready to wrest control of an opposition-led state after two more lawmakers quit.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak wants to reclaim power in northern Perak state to restore the credibility of his government before he assumes the premiership next month.
The outcome of the Perak political drama would not change the balance of power in parliament.
The opposition alliance, led by former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, lost its majority in the Perak state government on Wednesday after several of its lawmakers quit in the last few days.
On Wednesday, one lawmaker said she would become an independent while another, who defected to Anwar's party just weeks earlier, rejoined the main National Front coalition.
This comes after two other Perak lawmakers announced on Tuesday they had quit Anwar's party to become independent lawmakers. The three independent lawmakers have declared support for the National Front coalition.
The Perak ruler can now either hand over control of the state to Najib or dissolve the state government and call for fresh polls.
"In line with this development, I will meet with the Sultan of Perak to inform his majesty officially that the Perak National Front has the needed support to establish the new Perak government," Najib told reporters in the administrative capital.
State news agency Bernama reported that Perak Chief Minister Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin had met the Perak ruler to seek his consent to dissolve the state assembly.
"I have explained the latest political situation, it is up to (the Sultan)," Nizar was quoted by Bernama as saying.
The ruling coalition lost its once iron-clad two-thirds parliamentary majority in the March poll which also saw it ceding five states to the opposition, including Perak.
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