Anwar to meet Malaysian king as he seeks to topple government

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will meet the king next week to prove he has support from Members of Parliament (MPs) to take power, he said yesterday, the latest move in the country’s political crisis.

The Southeast Asian nation has been in turmoil since a reformist government headed by Mahathir Mohamad – which included Anwar – collapsed in February amid bitter infighting.

Muhyiddin Yassin became premier without an election, but his coalition’s support is shaky and critics accuse it of lacking legitimacy.

Anwar announced last month he had sufficient backing from lawmakers to become premier but the king, who appoints the prime minister, delayed meeting him due to ill health.