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Jun 25, 2008

ANWAR IBRAHIM-Prime Minister-In-Waiting?


On April 29, 2008, and after 10 years of absence, Anwar Ibrahim returned to the Parliament, albeit upon invitation as a spouse guest of Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, People's Justice Party and the first female opposition leader in Malaysian Parliament's history. Anwar ibrahim is internationally well-known speaker on the subjects of democracy, freedom, governance, and democracy and the need for accountability. Anwar is the only Malaysian to ever make it into Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Arguably Malaysia's hardest working politician in the past 100 days, Anwar – who holds no political office but is the de facto leader of the federal opposition – has spent time since March 8 crisis-crossing the nation and traveling to foreign cities to talk of efforts to helm Malaysia.With Opposition parties winning 82 parliamentary seats and control of four more states, Anwar has expended time and energy to cobble together state governments and iron out issues within a nascent coalition that co-operates with joint doubt.

At the same time, he has been flirting, charming and coaxing lawmakers from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition to jump ship even as he display his political renaissance and taunts Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's coalition with the threat to topple them. He has also traveled outside Malaysia to meet with potential investors and friends he made during his time in power to impress upon them his potentially quick return to Putrajaya, while hinting of secretive meetings abroad with power brokers in the Malaysian political scene.

Not a day goes without his http://anwaribrahimblog.com/ revealing the who, what, when, where, why and how of his political life, from meetings with foreign politicians to tea with the main players in the Philippines and his thoughts on slashing the pump price if Malaysia's oil money is not used for bailouts and national projects.

The promise to cut petrol prices brings him closer to ending his days as prime minister-in-waiting, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is expected to become the prime minister if the opposition coalition takes over the government, said he will resign if he fails to reduce pump prices of petrol.

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