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Malaysia's PM says Anwar Ibrahim must prove he has a majority

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin gestures after his cabinet announcement in Putrajaya, Malaysia March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File Photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim must prove he holds a parliamentary majority before laying claim to the premiership.

Earlier in the day, Anwar declared he has secured a “strong, formidable” majority and that Muhyiddin “has fallen as PM”.

“Until proven otherwise, the Perikatan Nasional government remains steadfast and I am the rightful prime minister,” Muhyiddin said in a statement, referring to his ruling coalition.

In a separate statement, the secretaries-general of parties under the ruling coalition said they remain firmly behind Muhyiddin and rejected Anwar’s assertion that he has majority parliamentary support to form the government.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Editing by Andrew Heavens