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No guarantee Anwar will get PM post, says party
Publication Date : 26-02-2013
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has insisted that there is no guarantee that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will become prime minister should Pakatan Rakyat (People's Alliance) form the federal government after the general election.
PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man told online portal The Mole that there were two deciding factors in the eligibility of a leader for the post of prime minister.
“First, it depends on the number of seats won by the party.
“Second, all parties in Pakatan must agree on the person to be appointed prime minister,” he was quoted as saying yesterday.
It was reported that during the 58th PAS Muktamar in November last year, representatives of the ulama council had suggested that party president Abdul Hadi Awang become prime minister should the opposition win the election.
However, Democtatic Action Party (DAP) chairman Karpal Singh has since reaffirmed that his party would give its full support to Anwar to lead the country.
When pointed out that Pakatan had previously agreed that Anwar would hold the post, Tuan Ibrahim said: “At the moment, in theory, all component parties will follow Pakatan's status quo.
“But I believe that we will have to take into consideration the election results as well.
“We need to see which party is more dominant in terms of winning seats because it can determine who should become prime minister.
“That's why I keep urging our members and election machinery to work hard in winning the election.”
Asked to clarify speculation that the PAS Syura Council was not in favour of Anwar as prime minister, Tuan Ibrahim said “there was no issue about it”.
He also denied rumours that Gua Musang MP and Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had been approached as a candidate for prime minister.
“Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh) is an influential politician but he is not a Pakatan member. How can we choose to appoint him?” he said.