Malaysia’s Umno takes back reins as king picks Ismail Sabri Yaakob as new PM

Malaysia’s king has picked Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the country’s next prime minister, in a move that caps a major reversal of fortunes for the decades-old United Malays National Organisation (Umno) following its fall from grace in the 2018 election.The 61-year-old will be Malaysia’s ninth prime minister, and the third national leader since the shock ousting of Najib Razak in the watershed vote three years ago.Political observer Oh Ei Sun said the new administration will likely focus on getting…