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I’m ready to contest again, says Wan Azizah

 | July 10, 2012

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is planning her return to 'mainstream' politics after being banned for vacating her Permatang Pauh seat in 2008 without a valid reason.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today said that she was open to the idea of contesting in the 13th general election.

Wan Azizah, who was Permatang Pauh MP from 1999 to 2008, said that she was ready to contest in any state seat “which is suitable” for her.

‘I am taking things one step at a time. The first step is to decide whether or not to contest, the second is to actually win the seat,” she told reporters at the party headquarters today.

Wan Azizah however said that she would have to see which seat was suitable for her to contest in and that she would have to be a voter in that state constituency.

Wan Azizah, who is the wife of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, is now a voter at Permatang Pasir state assembly which falls under the Permatang Pauh constituency.

Her announcement also sparks a brand new guessing game on where she will contest.

According to the Penang state constitution, one has to be a resident of Penang in order to contest in a state seat.

Wan Azizah who hails from northern state Kedah had changed her residential address to Permatang Pauh to facilitate her contesting there in the 1999 general election.

Wan Azizah took Anwar’s place when he was imprisoned on corruption charges in 1998. She stood in his parliamentary seat in the 1999 general election under the newly found PKR party.

She won the seat and proceeded to stand again in the 2004 and 2008 elections. The devoted wife has always been seen as a seat warmer for Anwar.

When Anwar was released in 2008, she stood aside making way for a by-election in Permatang Pauh which Anwar won by a landslide.

Her decision to step aside without a concrete reason saw her being banned from contesting in any parliamentary seat for five years.


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