Malaysia gets a new prime minister — the country's third in 3 years

Ismail Sabri Yaakob will be the new prime minister of Malaysia on August 19, 2021. Malaysia's next prime minister will be Ismail.
The palace announced Friday that Malaysia's King Al Sultan Abdullah has appointed Ismail Sabri Yaakob the new prime minister.

In three years, Ismail will become Malaysia's third prime minster. The palace announced that he will be sworn into office on Saturday, after obtaining the support of 114 members. This is more than the 111 needed for a simple majority.

After just 17 months of being in power, Muhyiddin Yassin, Ismail's predecessor, resigned Monday. Muhyiddin's infighting within the ruling political coalition had caused him to lose majority support in parliament.

The nomination of Ismail, who was the deputy prime minister under Muhyiddin's leadership, would effectively keep the ruling coalition intact.

His rise means that Malaysia's longest-governing party, the United Malaysia National Organisation (UMNO), has reclaimed the premiership of the country after a shocking 2018 loss.