KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S.
food and drink giant PepsiCo Inc said on Tuesday it would
introduce stricter rules for the palm oil used in its goods -
including a retrospective ban on working with firms linked to
deforestation - and enforce them for its business partners.
Four Malaysian parties on Tuesday rejected veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad's proposal for a unity government that could have strengthened his grip, calling instead for an election to end the political turmoil after he quit as prime minister.
Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad is proposing to lead a unity government and has invited lawmakers from across rival political parties to join, political sources said on Tuesday, after his shock resignation as premier.
Having stunned Malaysia by resigning as prime minister on Monday as a power struggle erupted within the ruling coalition, 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad was immediately asked by the Southeast Asian nation's king to stay on as an interim premier.
Malaysia's Mahathir Mohammed is trying to form a national unity government under his personal authority, drawing together rival parties, political sources said on Tuesday, following his shock resignation as prime minister.
Rival political factions competed to win favor with Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday after he plunged Malaysia into political turmoil by resigning as prime minister, reinforcing the likelihood his shock move will strengthen his power.
Malaysia's king will meet all members of parliament to decide the next prime minister, a palace official said on Tuesday, after 94-year-old premier Mahathir Mohamad unexpectedly resigned a day earlier.
Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad went back to work on Tuesday with the new title of interim prime minister, a day after he resigned the leadership in a shock move that plunged the country into political turmoil.
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