KUALA KANGSAR: Barisan Nasional officially took over the Perak state administration on Friday with Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir sworn in as the new Mentri Besar.
The swearing-in ceremony took place before the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, at the Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan here.
All 28 Pakatan assemblymen boycotted the ceremony, with their supporters staging a demonstration outside the Ubudiah Mosque, just 300m from the palace.
Some among the crowd were seen hurling sticks and bottles at policemen and vehicles passing through the Jalan Istana.
Dr Zambry’s appointment effectively ended Perak’s political impasse, with the Pakatan government losing its majority in the state legislative assembly when four of its assemblymen quit the party three days ago.
On Thursday, the Sultan of Perak decided not to grant consent to the Pakatan government’s request to dissolve the state legislative assembly, and instead ordered Mentri Besar Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his executive council to step down immediately.
The Sultan ruled that if Mohammad Nizar and his executive council refused to do so, the posts of Mentri Besar and executive councillors would be regarded as vacant. - Bernama
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