KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's opposition leader Wan Azizah
Wan Ismail has resigned from her MP's post to make way for her husband, former
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to contest for the parliamentary
membership, local media reported on Friday.
The decision was made after deliberating with her family, the leadership of
the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR, People's Justice Party) and partners in Pakatan
Rakyat (People's Pact), Wan Azizah, who is the PKR president, said at a packed
press conference at the PKR headquarters here on Thursday.
"I have officially submitted my resignation as MP to Parliament Speaker
Pandikar Amin Mulia's office, to make way for my husband Anwar Ibrahim to
contest as a candidate for Pakatan Rakyat in a by-election as soon as possible,"
The Star quoted Wan Azizah as saying.
Wan Azizah said it was the right decision for Malaysia, adding that she
would continue to serve as PKR president and chairman of the Peace Foundation.
"Anwar Ibrahim has the experience and intelligence to reinvigorate our
economy, and the charisma and integrity to unite Malaysia.
"And I'm not saying this just because he is my husband," she added.
"The Election Commission has to call a by-election within 60 days of being
notified by the Parliament Speaker," Anwar said.