Friday August 20, 2010 the star
Anwar backs Wan Azizah to defend PKR presidency
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim backs his wife, Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to defend the presidency in the upcoming PKR party election.
“She has been doing her duties well. Why must I bother her?” he asked, when questioned by reporters if he would contest for the president’s post.
“Anyway, nobody has nominated me. Even if someone did, I am sure Wan Azizah will get more nominations.”
Some 400,000 PKR members will pick their national leaders through an eight-day staggered election in October and November.
Ballots will be cast between Oct 29 and Nov 21 to decide on the president, deputy president, four vice-presidents and 20 central committee members for the 2010-2013 term.
There will also be elections for 25 posts each in the Wanita and Youth wings and the leadership at the branch levels from Sept 17 to Oct 3.
The official results of the party polls will be announced at its national assembly scheduled for Nov 27 and Nov 28.
On another matter, Anwar said he was not aware of the existence or contents of a so-called “new Federal Constitution”.
He said Pakatan Rakyat leaders had pledged to defend the fundamental principles of the exisiting Federal Constitution but would make amendments to laws deemed oppressive, such as the Internal Security Act and the University and University Colleges Act.
A Malay daily had reportedly claimed that Pakatan parties had drafted a new Federal constitution to remove the special rights and position of the Malays.