Malaysia's opposition leader resigns to make way for Anwar to contest for MP 2008-08-01 11:29:18   Print

    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.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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