Anwar Won Party President’s Post Uncontested, Azmin to Defend Deputy President’s Post

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The economic affairs minister ends weeks of speculation that he may go for the top post.

De facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim has won the party president’s post uncontested at the close of nominations for central party positions at 5pm today.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will not be running for any party positions in PKR’s election this year, after leading the party as president for almost 20 years since 1999.

Azmin Ali will defend his deputy presidency, pitting him against Rafizi Ramli and ending weeks of speculation that he might contest the top post.

Syarafiq Abd Samad

Accompanied by Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shaari, the economic affairs minister submitted his nomination form at the PKR headquarters.

There has been speculation over whether Azmin would contest the party presidency, and challenge his mentor Anwar Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, MP Nurul Izzah Anwar is set to defend her position as one of PKR’s vice-presidents in the upcoming party polls.

This was confirmed by Lembah Pantai MP and party communications director Fahmi Fadzil who filed the nomination papers on her behalf at the PKR headquarters on Sunday (Aug 5).

He said that Nurul Izzah, who has been the party’s vice president since 2010, was unable to submit the papers herself as she has to go back to her constituency.

Others who have offered themselves for the positions of party vice-president include PKR Wanita Chief Zuraida Kamarudidn, Selayang MP William Leong and former Subang Jaya Municipal Council member Michael Tamil.

PKR elections committee secretary Ismail Yusof told reporters earlier that the party has four elected vice-president posts, two additional vice-president posts by appointment, and another one representing either Sabah or Sarawak if not already part of the four voted in.

Fahmi, who will be contesting for a post in the central leadership council (MPP), said he will temporarily cease his position as the party’s communication director.

“Unlike in the previous party elections, I can no longer hold the communications director unless directed by the political bureau.

“There will be an announcement on who will take over the position during the period.

“However, the media can still contact me to get information other than the party elections,” he said.

Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Rashid Hasnon, Bandar Tun Razak MP Kamaruddin Jaafar and Subang MP R Sivarasa also submitted their nomination to contest for a place in the 20-seat MPP.

The nominations for PKR’s central leadership positions began at 10am today and ended at 5pm.