Ismail Sabri Yaakob appointed new Malaysian PM: palace

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Veteran politician Ismail Sabri Yakoob was named Malaysia’s new prime minister Friday after the previous government collapsed, the national palace said, with a scandal-plagued party reclaiming the leadership that it lost at elections in 2018.

Ismail Sabri received the backing of a majority of lawmakers, and “in accordance with the constitution”, the king appointed him as the prime minister, the palace said in a statement.