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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yacoub has announced the dissolution of parliament from Monday (October 10), paving the way for national elections by the end of the year.

In a televised national address at 3 pm, Ismail Sabri asked the king for his consent to dissolve parliament at noon on Sunday and said his request had been granted.

“We encourage all state governments except Sabah, Sarawak, Johor and Malacca to dissolve their respective state legislatures at the same time,” it said.

There has been intense speculation about dissolving parliament to pave the way for the 15th General Election (GE15).

The New Straits Times reported on Sunday, citing sources, that Ismail Sabri had an audience with the king in the afternoon. The prime minister reportedly sought a royal audience to seek consent to dissolve parliament.

This comes after an earlier meeting last Thursday, but Istana Negara said that pre-cabinet briefing As part of the King’s weekly regular meetings to discuss government-related issues.

Last Friday, Ismail Sabri’s government announced a budget of RM372.3 billion (US$80.06 billion) for 2023 amid an uncertain global environment and expected slow growth. This is his one of the biggest budgets in Malaysian history. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri announces dissolution of Malaysian parliament, paving way for snap pole to be held

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