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Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim risks top job with PKR disunity

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Anwar Ibrahim at PKR's national congress on Dec 7, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
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MELAKA - To get free Wi-Fi internet at the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) national congress, one need only type in the password: AnwaribrahimPM8.

The password encapsulates both Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's stature as the party's president, and his ultimate goal - to take over from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as agreed by Malaysia's ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) pact. And judging from the brawls and boycotts that have emerged at PKR's annual gathering in Melaka in recent days, Mr Anwar is willing to risk party unity to reinforce his position against his deputy and rival Azmin Ali.

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