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Mahathir-Anwar tussle opens door to political realignments

With Peninsular Malaysia MPs split, Anwar needs support of East Malaysian lawmakers to be PM

An October 2018 photo showing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before the latter took his oath of office as Member of Parliament. PHOTO: BERNAMA
An October 2018 photo showing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before the latter took his oath of office as Member of Parliament. PHOTO: BERNAMA

The sums do not seem to add up yet for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the biggest party in Malaysia's Parliament, aims to become prime minister within six months.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2019, with the headline 'Mahathir-Anwar tussle opens door to political realignments'. Print Edition | Subscribe