New prime minister takes office in Malaysia as COVID rages

Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:32pm

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In Malaysia, a new prime minister was sworn in on Saturday, less than a week after his predecessor resigned. Ismail Sabri Yaakob takes office just as the country is experiencing its worst spike in COVID-19 cases ever, and public anger grows over mismanagement of the pandemic. Reporter Ashley Westerman talks about the political divides that led to the resignation of the former prime minister and his Cabinet, and the challenges ahead for the new administration.