Saudi Arabia’s King Salman congratulated Anwar Ibrahim on being sworn in as Malaysia’s new prime minister, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
In a cable, the King wished the Malaysian PM success and the Malaysian people further progress and prosperity. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a similar cable to the prime minister.
Ibrahim was sworn in on Thursday, reaching the apogee of a three-decade-long political career. Clad in traditional Malay attire and headgear, the leader of the reformist alliance, Pakatan Harapan, or PH, took the oath of office at the National Palace before Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Last week’s election resulted in an unprecedented hung parliament, with neither opposition leader Ibrahim nor former PM Muhyiddin Yassin winning the simple majority needed to form a government. The stalemate was resolved after the king held a meeting with the nine-member Conference of Rulers on Thursday.