Anwar Ibrahim Is Finally President Of PKR Nearly Two Decades After It Was Founded

He won the presidency uncontested.

Cover image via Malay Mail

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has officially transitioned from being the de facto leader of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to its president yesterday, 5 August

Image via Malay Mail

Anwar succeeded his wife, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who had led PKR since it was founded in 1999. 

It was Anwar's first PKR presidential bid since he was granted a full pardon for his past convictions.

Anwar was the only one nominated for the position of PKR president

"For the position of president, only one nomination was received from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim," Ismail Yusof, secretary of PKR party election committee was quoted as saying by Malay Mail.

Ismail added that the candidates list will be displayed at the PKR headquarters for three days to allow any appeals or objections to be filed.

Channel NewsAsia reported that Anwar's candidacy form was sent to the PKR elections committee after a proposal by Wan Azizah yesterday. 

Anwar's win will be confirmed on 8 August

His presidency will only be finalised after the three-day display period.

"Confirmation of his (Anwar) win will be discussed at the Election Committee meeting and will be announced to the media on 8 August," Datuk Rashid Din, chairman of the PKR election committee was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

Last month, Anwar announced his bid for PKR presidency:

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