After Muhyiddin S Check Zahid Plans Next Move
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is now planning his next move after Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin apparently tried to "neutralise" his justification in order to take Umno out of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
Zahid was reportedly in meetings with some Umno supreme council members this afternoon, as well as former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, at the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, according to Utusan Malaysia.
Zahid had on June 21 given the PN government a 14-day ultimatum to convene Parliament. That deadline is today.
Publicly, Umno said the ultimatum was intended to uphold the rulers' decree which had called for Parliament to convene as soon as possible after parliamentary proceedings were suspended under the emergency since Jan 11.
Behind the scenes, however, it was seen as a way to give justification for Zahid to pull Umno out of the ruling coalition, threatening its collapse.
However, on the last day of the 14-day ultimatum, Muhyiddin finally set a date for Parliament to reconvene. Parliament will now sit on July 26.
This poses a problem for Zahid, who needs a justification to convince Umno.
Zahid has reportedly secured a written agreement from a majority of Umno supreme council members to quit the PN government.
However, convincing Umno MPs has been a more difficult task as many have positions and vested interest in the current government.
Utusan Malaysia reported that the meeting with supreme council members was this afternoon and Zahid will also be meeting with Umno MPs tonight. - Mkini
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