Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his resignation on Monday, a shock move that could plunge the country into political crisis.
“The letter has been sent to His Royal Highness the King at 1 p.m.,” Mahathir’s office said in a statement.
It’s yet unclear if Mahathir could form another government with the support of other parties.
On Sunday night allies of Mahathir and some members of Anwar’s People’s Justice Party (PKR), as well as other Parliament members and those from the opposition, UMNO reportedly held talks in Kuala Lumpur, fuelling speculation of a new governing coalition.
Mahathir Mohamad, who was appointed prime minister in 1981, retired in 2003, and returned to the office in 2018.