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A more united Umno could spell trouble for Muhyiddin and PN

Umno president Zahid Hamidi's announcement on Tuesday that the party is ready to face an election comes after weeks of rapprochement with his predecessor Najib Razak, and could spell trouble for Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his three-month-old Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

Umno had in February backed Tan Sri Muhyiddin, and his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, in order to oust the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2020, with the headline 'A more united Umno could spell trouble for Muhyiddin and PN'. Print Edition | Subscribe