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Malaysia sex-video allegations show up rift within Anwar's political party

Allegations that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) No. 2 Azmin Ali is one of two men seen engaging in a sex act in widely circulated video clips have cast the spotlight on the long-brewing factionalism in the party.

Political analysts and party watchers say the Economic Affairs Minister's meteoric rise over the past five years threatens party founder and president Anwar Ibrahim's long-awaited ascension to Malaysia's premiership.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2019, with the headline 'Sex-video allegations show up rift within Anwar's political party'. Subscribe