UMNO quits as Malaysia’s ruling coalition stumbles | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 31, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:30 AM, July 31, 2020

UMNO quits as Malaysia’s ruling coalition stumbles

The biggest party in Malaysia's ruling coalition yesterday said it will withdraw from a political alliance with the prime minister but will continue to support the government, potentially undermining the stability of his administration. The move by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party comes two days after former premier Najib Razak, a party leader, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for corruption in a case linked to the multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). UMNO makes up the largest bloc of lawmakers in Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's coalition and its support is crucial for the survival of the government, which has a two-seat majority in parliament.

 

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