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No sign of resolution in tensions over Mahathir-Anwar handover

PKR leader, involved in party feud, may be unable to garner support from other PH leaders


Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have begun 2020 by raising the volume of calls for him to take over from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in May, with Pakatan Harapan's (PH) tenuously agreed transition of power no closer to resolution than at their shock 2018 election win.

In recent weeks, leaders aligned with the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president have publicly insisted on the "gentlemen's agreement" of a two-year timeline for Tun Dr Mahathir to step down after winning the May 2018 election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2020, with the headline 'No sign of resolution in tensions over Mahathir-Anwar handover'. Subscribe