PH leaders reach consensus, will reveal it tomorrow

PH leaders Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Salahuddin Ayub and Mujahid Yusof Rawa leave after the presidential council meeting.

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan coalition partners have reached a consensus on their position following the political crisis sparked by Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation as prime minister, but will only announce it tomorrow.

Most of the top PH leaders, including PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng and Amanah’s Mujahid Yusof Rawa avoided the press and left hurriedly after a meeting at the PKR headquarters here tonight.

Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub told reporters that PH had come to a decision, but did not give details.

“We made a decision and will announce it tomorrow. We have arrived at a consensus,” he said.

On the coalition’s choice for prime minister, Salahuddin said it would be revealed tomorrow.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah started meeting each of the 222 MPs individually from this afternoon to determine who they want as prime minister.

Meanwhile, Amanah communications director Khalid Samad described the meeting as a “happy” one.

Asked whether fresh elections – which Umno and PAS are pushing for – were discussed, Khalid said they were not.

“Why should we waste money on fresh polls when we can get a clear (majority)?” he asked.

Earlier today, Barisan Nasional and PAS leaders called for Parliament to be dissolved to elect a new government following their audience with the Agong.

Asked if PH was confident of a majority, Khalid said “God willing” though he ruled out a two-thirds majority. He said they had a “sufficient” majority.

This was the first PH presidential council meeting since PPBM quit the coalition and Mahathir resigned as prime minister.