Anwar seeks by-election in Malaysia

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim wants to contest an “imminent” by-election to enable him to return to parliament and become prime minister, if the opposition takes power.

Anwar has pledged that his three-party opposition alliance will topple Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration through parliamentary defections by mid-September.

Many government officials have dismissed it as an empty threat.

Anwar must become a member of parliament before he can replace Abdullah as prime minister.

He told reporters on Wednesday that he was discussing plans with his allies “on the possibility of an imminent by-election”.

The former deputy prime minister indicated that one of his party lawmakers might give up a parliamentary seat in a northern state to enable Anwar to run in a by-election.

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