UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Malaysia’s first female deputy prime minister was sworn in Monday, May 21.
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, along with her 12 fellow cabinet members, took the oath of office.
The ceremony was held at the royal palace and presided over by King Sultan Muhammad V.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defeated Najib Razak two weeks ago.
Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan coalition booted out the long-standing Barisan Nasional which had held office for 60 years.
The prime minister’s cabinet is made up of a diverse background of leaders, including a lawyer and educator.
Along with seasoned politicians, there are also first time members as well.
Lim Guan Eng, meanwhile, became Malaysia’s first ethnic Chinese finance minister in more than 40 years.
Mahathir has said his cabinet will eventually grow to 25 ministers.