Anwar’s Malaysia election win boosts push for becoming next PM

By Jalil Hamid
Reuters (Washington Post)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008; 11:29 AM

PERMATANG PAUH, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s best-known opposition politician, Anwar Ibrahim, scored a bigger than expected victory in a by-election on Tuesday, boosting his chances of becoming the country’s next prime minister.

Anwar, whose campaign for the parliamentary seat vacated by his wife has been dogged by charges of sodomy, won a majority of 15,671 over his government opponent.

He said he would initiate a vote to topple the coalition that has ruled Malaysia for five decades.

“The message is clear, we in Permatang Pauh and in Malaysia, we demand change for freedom and justice,” Anwar told a jubilant crowd of thousands of people gathered in a football stadium who were chanting “reformasi” (reform) and “merdeka” (freedom). [more]

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