Malaysia’s Mahathir insists has enough support to become premier

Mahathir Mohamad speaks as he unveils an economic stimulus plan aimed at combating the impact from the novel coronavirus in Putrajaya on February 27, 2020. (AFP)

Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad insisted on Saturday he had enough support to become prime minister again hours after a rival was picked for the job amid a political crisis sparked by the government’s collapse.

“I have 114 MPs who are supporting me,” the 94-year-old said in a statement, adding that he had written a letter to the king - who appoints the country’s premier - explaining this.

A candidate is required to have the support of 112 MPs to become prime minister.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57