Because he commands the majortiy support of the elected assemblyman.
The appointment of the MB is clearly spelt out in the state constitution and is in accordance to the principles of democracy.
This view was held by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Attorney-General Gani Patail.
Abdullah said the appointment by Kijal assemblyman Ahmad Said was unconstitutional.
Read the Bernama reports here and here.
And read the views of a consitutional law expert, Shad Faruqi here.
They're right on Perlis but not on Terengganu?
What happens next?
Never seen anything like this before. That's for sure.
And the crisis deepens.