Speaker confirms Danyal's resignation, notifying EC

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof has confirmed receiving Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah’s letter to resign as the Member of Parliament for Port Dickson.   

Mohamad Ariff in a statement said following receipt of the letter, he had officially notified the Election Commission about the vacancy.

“As such, in line with Clause (1) of  Article  54  of  of the Federal Constitution, the Election Commission must fill the  vacancy within 60 days after it determines the actual date of  the vacancy,” he said.

Danyal, from PKR, who won the seat in the 14th general election  on May 9, in a press conference held in PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya earlier today, announced that he was giving up the seat to pave the way for PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim in  the latter’s bid to be elected as an MP.

Dubbed the “PD Move”, it is to facilitate Anwar succeeding Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s eighth Prime Minister.