Pakatan leaders arrive for presidential council meeting amid power transition talk

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Feb 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Pakatan Harapan leaders have arrived to attend what is expected to be a meeting that will discuss the power transition between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Following much talk on the power transition in the past week, this meeting will be closely watched to see if Pakatan will actually set a date for Dr Mahathir to step down as Prime Minister.

Other issues, particularly the economy, would also be raised in the presidential council meeting.

It will be held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, which is expected to start at 9pm Friday (Feb 21).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived at 8.20pm

Dr Mahathir, who is Pakatan chairman, arrived at 8.27pm.

A group from Bersatu Youth was present to greet Dr Mahathir with a banner saying "kekal Tun M" (maintain Tun M).

When Dr Mahathir arrived, the group chanted "hidup Tun" (long live Tun).

Owing to the hotly discussed issue of power transition, a sizeable crowd of media turned up to give coverage of the press conference that will be held after the meeting ends.

Despite Dr Mahathir’s assurance that he will relinquish his position as promised and that he would be stepping down after the Apec Summit, Anwar's supporters want the two-year agreement to be honoured.

On Thursday (Feb 20), PKR’s veteran group Otai Reformist 1998 said it wants Anwar to become the prime minister in May.

Selangor PKR Youth wing also called for a concrete date to be set for the power transition.

However, Anwar pointed out that there should be no pressure placed on him or Dr Mahathir on the issue of transition of leadership.

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