Malaysia at critical juncture as Mahathir and Anwar lead joint opposition

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Malaysia’s four-party opposition coalition on July 14 announced the appointment of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to jointly lead the coalition together with former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently jailed, as they gear up for the upcoming general election next year..

Mahathir, 92, called Anwar, his former political opponent, the “de facto leader” and vowed to work on his release from jail in which he had been put for sodomy charges allegedly masterminded by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to ruin his political career.

The opposition’s top leadership including Mahathir also named Anwar’s wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads the People’s Justice Party, or PKR, as the coalition’s president.

The revamped opposition coalition now comprises the PKR, DAP, Amanah and Mahathir’s new party, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Mahathir has been on a warpath with Najib, his former protégé, over scandals surrounding the controversial state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad that Najib founded and is now the subject of investigation in a host of countries including the US, Switzerland and Singapore.

He alleges Najib of having abused his power and dabbled in corruption, which he said made him lose faith in the current government leadership.

Analysts say that the two men who had helmed Malaysia in the past are posing the greatest challenge to Prime Minister Najib in his political career, indicating a “critical juncture” for Malaysia in the 2018 elections to be held next August.

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Malaysia’s four-party opposition coalition on July 14 announced the appointment of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to jointly lead the coalition together with former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently jailed, as they gear up for the upcoming general election next year..

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Malaysia’s four-party opposition coalition on July 14 announced the appointment of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to jointly lead the coalition together with former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently jailed, as they gear up for the upcoming general election next year..

Mahathir, 92, called Anwar, his former political opponent, the “de facto leader” and vowed to work on his release from jail in which he had been put for sodomy charges allegedly masterminded by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to ruin his political career.

The opposition’s top leadership including Mahathir also named Anwar’s wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads the People’s Justice Party, or PKR, as the coalition’s president.

The revamped opposition coalition now comprises the PKR, DAP, Amanah and Mahathir’s new party, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Mahathir has been on a warpath with Najib, his former protégé, over scandals surrounding the controversial state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad that Najib founded and is now the subject of investigation in a host of countries including the US, Switzerland and Singapore.

He alleges Najib of having abused his power and dabbled in corruption, which he said made him lose faith in the current government leadership.

Analysts say that the two men who had helmed Malaysia in the past are posing the greatest challenge to Prime Minister Najib in his political career, indicating a “critical juncture” for Malaysia in the 2018 elections to be held next August.

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