Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Malaysia’s Opposition Forms Coalition.

Moving one more step towards a two-party system:

"KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 --- Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim Anwar Ibrahim ... announced at a news conference that Malaysia's opposition parties have agreed to enter into a formal coalition, called Pakatan Rakyat (People's Pact).

The de facto leader of the opposition, whose wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the formal Leader of the Opposition in parliament, said the move to have a formal coalition is to present the parties as a credible alternative to the present ruling government coalition, Barisan Nasional.

A convention of all Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives of Parliament and State Assemblies will be held the 27th of April, 2008.

This ushers in the era of a two-party system into Malaysian politics for the first time in its history.

The PKR-PAS-DAP group has proposed strengthening ties by forming Pakatan Rakyat, pending the agreement of the respective parties, said Anwar.

He dismissed the long-held position of Parti Islam SeMalaysia, or PAS, on making Malaysia an Islamic state as non-issue. "
[Via The Malaysian Insider ]

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