Rafizi to go for PKR deputy president post

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has announced his return to active politics and aims for party’s No. 2 spot.

He said the future of progressive, multiracial politics would be in danger if PKR and Pakatan Harapan continue to be a “third party” which fails to attract undecided voters.

In a lengthy statement today, Rafizi said his goals were to pursue progressive multi-ethnic politics.

“After the Johor election, I realised that PKR and Pakatan Harapan had become the third choice behind BN-Umno and Perikatan Nasional.

“The latest developments suggest that progressive multi-ethnic politics is in danger if PKR and Harapan continue to be the third choice because of the failure in attracting fence-sitters.

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“Based on that, I have decided to return to the political arena by confirming that I will be contesting for the PKR deputy president’s post at the upcoming (party) election,” said the former Pandan MP.

Nominations are expected to be held next month while the party election will take place in May.

Rafizi became politically inactive after the PKR leadership election in late 2018, which saw him narrowly losing to Azmin Ali in the race to be PKR deputy president.

A conviction caused him to sit out of the general election that year.