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Anwar Ibrahim Is PKR’s New President, But Wan Azizah Isn’t Going To Give Up Her DPM Position Because Of It



Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is officially the new president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) after winning in the party polls. Since the party was founded nearly 20 years ago, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had assumed the role of president, whereas Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was only the de facto leader.

The announcement was made by PKR party election committee secretary Ismail Yusof after nominations were closed at 5pm. There was only one nomination received for the presidency seat from Anwar, thus he won the seat uncontested.

On 22 June, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said Dr Wan Azizah will still remain as the Deputy Prime Minister, regardless of the outcome of the PKR polls. This was according to a consensus reached by Pakatan Harapan in its National Convention on 6 January that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be Prime Minister, Dr Wan Azizah the Deputy Prime Minister, and that Anwar would assume the Prime Minister’s position later.

While speaking to members of the press today, Dr Wan Azizah also confirmed that she’ll not be letting go of her Deputy Prime Minister and Pandan MP positions just to give way to her husband. “Definitely not (stepping down). God willing (will remain),” she said.

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