Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s motion of confidence has been passed in parliament, winning vital backing for his premiership after an election last month

Anwar had convened parliament on Monday to prove his majority, after rival and former premier Muhyiddin Yassin cast doubt on his support.

His new government includes the previous ruling coalition Barisan Nasional. The confidence motion was passed by a simple voice vote – with legislators voicing their support,

after the opposition argued against it because Anwar has already been officially sworn in as prime minister by the monarch.

The opposition bloc continued to question the number of legislators in the 222-seat parliament who supported Anwar and said they were ready to take over as ruling government “when the time comes”.

Anwar, 75, who is also finance minister, took steps to cement his support last week by signing a cooperation pact with smaller political parties.

Anwar – who has spent more than two decades as an opposition figure – had previously been denied the premiership despite getting within striking distance of it.