Coalition leaders spotted at PN office - report

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Coalition leaders spotted at PN office - report
Coalition leaders spotted at PN office - report

Several Perikatan Nasional leaders are meeting today following the swearing-in of Umno's Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Malaysia's ninth prime minister yesterday afternoon.

The Star reported that the coalition's top leaders were spotted entering the PN office at Publika as early as 10am.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu and PN Youth chief Khairil Nizam Khirudin were seen entering the building prior to the meeting.

The Bersatu supreme council met at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur last night following the swearing-in of Ismail Sabri amid speculation that the meeting was to discuss the deputy prime minister post.

However, Bersatu secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin - one of the purported candidates to be Ismail Sabri's deputy - downplayed the meeting as just a briefing.

"The meeting was just to explain a few things.

"When such situations arise, we just want to explain about the political crisis event and current issues, that's all we did," Hamzah told reporters outside the Premiera Hotel last night.

He reiterated that Ismail Sabri had the support of Bersatu and its partners in PN.

Others who attended the meeting last night included Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin, deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu, supreme council members Azmin Ali, Redzuan Mohd Yusof, and women's chief Rina Harun.

The shaky relationship between Umno and Bersatu following the withdrawal of support to Muhyiddin as prime minister by a group of Umno MPs appears to have carried on with Umno and Bersatu leaders making conflicting statements about whether or not the new administration is still a PN government.

Umno declined to join PN, leaving Bersatu and PAS as its two dominant partners.

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