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Rift over gay sex video stalls Malaysia's power transition

Stalemate follows rival PKR factions' moves to control who succeeds Mahathir as premier

The growing rift in Malaysia's largest ruling party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), over a gay sex video allegedly implicating its deputy president Azmin Ali has stalled efforts within the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition to accelerate succession plans for when Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad steps down.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he agreed with Tun Dr Mahathir that there is no need to makes changes to the Cabinet at present.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2019, with the headline 'Rift over gay sex video stalls Malaysia's power transition'. Print Edition | Subscribe