İrem UZUN -TDO- Malaysia’s prime minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, has resigned amid a day of political drama, prompting the collapse of the ruling alliance and uncertainty over the future leadership of the country. His resignation letter has been sent to the National Palace. In a tweet posted on his official Twitter account, a press release confirms the resignation of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, detailing that his resignation letter was sent to the King of Malaysia at 1pm local time.
His resignation, delivered to the king on Monday afternoon, follows accusations that the 94-year-old leader betrayed a promise to hand over power to the country’s would-be prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim. Mahathir initially said he would stay for two years. Anwar was promised that he would succeed Mahathir when the rivals partnered in an unlikely alliance that won power less than two years ago. However, Mahathir has since offered few clues on when he intends to hand over power apart from intimidating that he plans to step down after Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting that Malaysia is hosting in November. In response, Anwar said on Sunday evening that he had been betrayed by members of Mahathir’s camp and others from his own party seeking to block him from becoming the leader of the country.
The King of Malaysia has accepted Mahathir Mohamad's resignation. However, he is to remain as interim Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is elected, in line with the Federal Constitution, which provides for the King to appoint a new leader.