Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Coronavirus Lockdown Is Not A Coup : NPR


King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s suspended the nationwide parliament and state legislatures for an unspecified time period below the nation’s new virus restrictions.

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King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s suspended the nationwide parliament and state legislatures for an unspecified time period below the nation’s new virus restrictions.

Vincent Thian/AP

Malaysia’s king accepted a coronavirus emergency declaration, delaying the nation’s basic election and giving an prolonged reprieve to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s declaration suspended the nationwide parliament and state legislatures for an unspecified time period. No elections may be held in the course of the emergency both, which might final till Aug. 1.

However the transfer shouldn’t be thought of a “navy coup,” Muhyiddin stated throughout a televised speech, including that his civilian authorities will stay in cost in the course of the emergency, in keeping with information stories.

Even so, the declaration comes because the nation’s largest political celebration, the United Malays Nationwide Group, threatened to withdraw help from Muhyiddin and to pressure an early basic election.

“Let me guarantee you, the civilian authorities will proceed to operate. The emergency proclaimed the king isn’t a navy coup and curfew is not going to be enforced,” Muhyiddin stated.

Malaysia, like many different international locations all over the world, is experiencing document numbers of every day coronavirus instances that might stress the nation’s healthcare system to the breaking level, officers stated.

The nation of roughly 32 million individuals is about to enter a 14-day lockdown protecting the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and 5 states. A nationwide journey ban has additionally been carried out.

Muhyiddin stated every day coronavirus instances in Malaysia might leap to eight,000 the top of Might if the nation did not enter a lockdown to restrict the unfold. The nation additionally discovered its first case of a extremely infectious virus variant first recognized in the UK, the nation’s well being officers reported Monday. The affected person examined optimistic on Dec. 28.



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