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Malaysian PM Anwar’s Islamic credentials crucial to safeguard premiership

Malaysian PM Anwar Ibrahim started his career in public life as one of the earliest proponents of political Islam. PHOTO: AFP
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim is a known reformist and Muslim democrat who has led a multiracial party for the past two decades.

But he may now need to fall back on his Islamic and nationalist roots to win over a majority of the country’s dominant Malay population that voted for conservative Muslim opposition parties in the recent general election.

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