Azmin: Pakatan in consensus that Anwar will be next prime minister

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on August 17, 2018.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will take over as prime minister after incumbent Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad steps down, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali reiterated yesterday, saying this had been agreed to by all the parties in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Mohamed Azmin said even if he succeeds in defending his PKR deputy president’s post in the upcoming party polls, Anwar will remain Pakatan’s choice to succeed Dr Mahathir for the prime minister’s post. “Certainly there was a consensus even among Pakatan members, not just PKR, that Datuk Seri Anwar will be the next prime minister,” Mohamed Azmin told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

“My personal advice to all members and leaders is: Let us develop a culture where we can work cohesively as a government, rather than as an opposition. I believe this is a process we have to go through in the party. Let us move on as a united party,” he added.

In the upcoming PKR polls, vice-president Rafizi Ramli is challenging Mohamed Azmin for the deputy president’s post. Anwar has won the president’s post uncontested.