Monday, March 7, 2016

Ex-Terengganu MB tables no-confidence motion against successor

Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif and his state executive councillors have been asked to resign from their posts as Barisan Nasional (BN) no longer commands majority support in the legislative assembly. Kemasik assemblyman Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, a former Terengganu menteri besar, tabled a motion on this at the assembly session today. "Article 15/6 of the Terengganu state constitution states if the menteri besar no longer has majority confidence in the state assembly, then, unless with decree from the sultan to dissolve the state assembly, he should offer the resignation of the state executive council," Ahmad said. Ahmad, a former Terengganu menteri besar, tabled the motion close to the afternoon recess today. The assembly speaker then postponed the session until 2.30pm. Terengganu has 32 state assemblymen, comprising 17 from BN, including Ahmad Said, 14 from PAS and 1 from PKR. If Ahmad Said withdraws support from BN, there will be equal number of state representatives from both the ruling party and the opposition. One opposition member, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang – who is also Rhu Rendang assemblyman – was not present today. Another PAS assemblyman said Hadi left for Kuala Lumpur. With Hadi absent, the opposition, with Ahmad, would need two more assemblymen on their side in order for the motion to succeed. – March 8, 2016.]]>

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