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Malaysia PM Ismail Sabri expected to steer clear of Perikatan Nasional branding

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob will look to avoid symbolic association with the previous administration. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is expected to steer clear of using his predecessor's Perikatan Nasional (PN) label for his government, largely due to pressure from his own party members and also to put some distance between the two administrations, analysts have said.

With the ink barely dry on Datuk Seri Ismail's appointment, which was ratified by Malaysia's King on Saturday (Aug 21), politicians from PN and Mr Ismail's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, both of which backed his bid to become premier, had started bickering over the label of the new government.

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