Malaysians Will Have A Female Deputy Prime Minister For The Very First Time

She has been active in politics for nearly 20 years.

Cover image via Dr Wan Azizah Ismail/Twitter

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is officially the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia

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The Straits Times reported that she will be working alongside current Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the man who sent her husband Anwar Ibrahim to jail twenty years ago.

"It's not easy... but I believe he is a changed man, and we are able to work together to save Malaysia," Wan Azizah was quoted as saying by The Straits Times.

Wan Azizah was contesting as a parliamentary candidate in Pandan, where she faced a five-corner fight

She was challenged by Barisan Nasional's Leong Kok Wee, PAS candidate Mohamed Sukri Omar, former Teratai assemblywoman Jenice Lee of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and independent candidate Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz. 

Wan Azizah took the seat with a 64,733 votes and a 61% landslide majority.

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Apart from being a member of parliament, Wan Azizah is a qualified ophthalmologist who graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Wan Azizah went to school in Alor Setar and Seremban before studying medicine in Ireland. She was then awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynaecology before graduating as an ophthalmologist.

She also served as a government doctor for 14 years before becoming a patron of the National Cancer Council (MAKNA).

Since a Pakatan Harapan win was declared, netizens have been reacting to Wan Azizah's new title on Twitter:

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One netizen applauded Wan Azizah's journey to where she is today.

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Another netizen wrote that Wan Azizah's appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister is breaking boundaries.

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Congratulations, Wan Azizah!

Here's the complete result of parliamentary seats in GE14 across Malaysia:

A 22-year-old law student has also made history for being Malaysia's youngest member of parliament:

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