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Anwar will not take over PKR presidency in Nov

PETALING JAYA, 19 Nov 2008: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim does not plan to take over the presidency from his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in the party’s congress at the end of November.

“No,” said Anwar, when asked by The Nut Graph if he would take over the PKR presidency during the congress.

PKR is scheduled to hold its annual congress from 29 to 30 Nov in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Wan Azizah said she will continue to serve as PKR president until the next party election, which is due in 2010.

“We don’t have election this year. At the moment, everything is calm and stable. So, there will be no changes,” she said.

However, she said there might be minor changes in some party posts after the congress.

Anwar, who is the Opposition Leader, won the Permatang Pauh by-election on 26 Aug 2008, after the seat was vacated by Wan Azizah.

Wan Azizah has always been seen as a reluctant politician, who held the Permatang Pauh constituency and PKR leadership for Anwar when he was barred from active politics because of his imprisonment in 1999.

Wan Azizah handed over the chair of the Parliamentary Caucus on Democracy in Myanmar to DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang today.

Lim told The Nut Graph the transfer was because Wan Azizah was no longer a Member of Parliament.

The caucus was formed in 2004 to campaign for the release of Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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