Following months of negotiations, former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has announced a four-party group under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance with his jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim named as its de facto leader.
Dr Mahathir, 92, who is the chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), will be the party’s chairman, while Anwar’s wife and president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Dr Wan Azizah Ismail will be PH’s president.
The four parties group under the PH alliance are PKR, PPBM, Parti Amanah and the Democratic Action Party (DAP).
The Straits Times reported that the move is seen as a compromise to resolve an impasse between supporters of Anwar and Dr Mahathir.
PH said it is committed to the process of freeing Anwar from jail within a week of forming the next government, reported The Star.
In an early morning press conference on Friday (July 14), Dr Mahathir said that this would involve an application of a royal pardon for Anwar, 69, who was jailed for sodomy.
Mr Mahathir hinted that Anwar was the choice for the post of Malaysia’s eighth prime minister, adding that a decision will be announced soon.
He added that the coalition’s goals are to topple the administration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, free all political prisoners and to place a two-term limit to the prime minister’s post.
PH also revealed its logo at the press conference.