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PM's Office to issue statement to address talk that Dr Mahathir has resigned

Feb 24. 2020
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By The Star/ANN

PUTRAJAYA: The Prime Minister’s Office will be issuing a statement to address a new report that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has resigned.

According to a report, Dr Mahathir had sent a resignation letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“We will issue a statement later today, ” said an aide, when asked to confirm.

Earlier on Monday (Feb 24), Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu had met with Dr Mahathir at his personal residence at Seri Kembangan.

The flurry of activity over a possible realignment of the country’s political landscape continues on Monday with several events taking place.

One of them is at Istana Negara where Dr Wan Azizah and Anwar are scheduled to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at 2pm.

Another is an emergency meeting by Pakatan Harapan component party DAP at their party headquarters in Pudu.

On Sunday (Feb 23), several key leaders of the ruling government parties and the Opposition attended a special meeting at a hotel in Petaling Jaya. It was a closed-door meeting, raising questions over the purpose of the meeting.

Before that, there had been separate meetings involving several political parties amid talk of a possible realignment of the country’s political landscape.

Party leaders were tight-lipped as to what was discussed at the closed-door meetings in the federal capital and Petaling Jaya, which drew intense media attention.

Earlier on Sunday, Umno held a special supreme council meeting for about two hours from 4pm at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).

Bersatu also held a special meeting at the party headquarters at Menara Yayasan Selangor in Petaling Jaya, chaired by party chairman Dr Mahathir, who declined to comment when reporters swarmed around him as he left the premises.

Several MPs from political parties in Sabah and Sarawak also held meetings in the federal capital.

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