Former Malaysian deputy PM Anwar becomes party chief

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-05 21:22:36|Editor: mmm
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Anwar Ibrahim, a former Malaysian deputy prime minister, has won the top post of the People's Justice Party, reported online news portal the Star on Sunday.

The party currently holds the largest number of parliamentary seats. Anwar worked together with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to win the general election in May.

After the nomination window for party polls closed on Sunday, Anwar became the only candidate to file nomination papers for the presidency of the party, popularly known as the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

He will take the job from his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, now Malaysian deputy prime minister and who had founded and led the party while Anwar was in jail.

Mahathir had promised that he would run the country for around two years and leave the premiership to Anwar, who was pardoned by the Malaysian king and was released from prison after the election.

It is reported that Anwar will return to the parliament through by-election.