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Dr Wan Azizah gets Selangor chief minister nomination

Malaysia’s opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has nominated Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as chief minister of Selangor state, following speculation that she may take over the post from Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has nominated Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as chief minister of Selangor state.

The rumour mill on a new chief minister had started going into overdrive after Dr Wan Azizah's husband and PKR de facto head Anwar Ibrahim attempted to contest in the Kajang by election on March 23.

Anwar's attempt to get into the Selangor state assembly and possibly take over the post of chief minister was derailed following a court ruling on his sodomy appeal, thus paving the way for Dr Wan Azizah to contest and win the seat.

Dr Wan Azizah is set to succeed Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who has been the Selangor chief minister since 2008.

The decision was announced by Anwar during a press conference at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur after the party's central committee meeting.

However, Dr Wan Azizah's nomination has to be sanctioned by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leadership.

A senior political science lecturer with Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razali, pointed out the change of chief minister is due to PKR's internal crisis in Selangor.

"This includes the attempts by someone within the party to usurp the post of Menteri Besar (chief minister) and I see the excuse that Abdul Khalid is being dropped because he failed to defend his Kuala Selangor PKR head post being no more than a ploy. I see that Abdul Khalid has administered Selangor well.

"DAP and PAS should not follow blindly PKR in deciding Selangor's direction. Dr Wan Azizah is only a state assemblywoman in Selangor and the president of PKR but not the head of any PKR division in the state. This is an illogical excuse and unacceptable," he said to Bernama on Tuesday (July 22).

At the 13th general election in 2013, the PR made up of the DAP-PAS-PKR pact won 44 of the 56 Selangor state assembly seats, with PKR winning 14 of the seats, while PAS and DAP each having 15 seats. Barisan Nasional is only left with 12 seats.

If Dr Wan Azizah’s nomination is consented by the palace and receives support from other elected assembly members, she will become the first woman chief minister in Selangor and Malaysia.      

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