PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim has won the post of PKR party president unchallenged although an official announcement will only be made at a later date.
This was confirmed today by PKR election committee secretary Ismail Yusof outside the party’s headquarters after nominations closed.
Ismail said Anwar had yet to officially win the post as an auditor needed to be appointed by the new party leadership.
This would be done on Aug 19.
“We will now follow our Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) where all the names will be vetted by the PKR election committee.
“Then, an auditor appointed by our new leadership will confirm Anwar’s candidacy,” Ismail explained.
Anwar was not present today.
The former deputy prime minister will succeed his wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who has helmed the party since it started.
Wan Azizah is not contesting any of the party’s top posts.
Anwar, who was previously imprisoned for corruption and sodomy, was the party’s de-facto leader before this.
Speculation was rife in previous weeks that PKR vice-president Azmin Ali would be challenging Anwar for the party’s top position.
This comes after party insiders told FMT that there were two camps in the party. However, party leaders had denied the claim and said PKR was one family.
Azmin will be defending the deputy president’s post. He will be challenged by vice-president Rafizi Ramli.