Malaysian Opposition Crisis Boils Over

The Malaysian opposition coalition headed by Anwar Ibrahim is in serious danger of tearing itself apart over the issue of who will lead the coalition as chief minister of Selangor, the country’s most prosperous and populous state. After months of squabbling, Anwar on Aug. 9 finally sacked Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as chief minister, who refused to go. Khalid responded on Aug. 12 by firing all of Anwar's allies from Parti Keadilan Rakyat and the Democratic Action Party on the state'e executive council, leaving Selangor in the hands of his own allies from the fundamentalist Parti Islam se-Malaysia. That was in apparent reply to an ultimatum by the DAP that PAS, the second wing of Anwar’s coalition, state immediately whether or not it would back Anwar’s decision to make his wife, Wan Azizah Ismail, the chief minister. The DAP and Parti Keadilan called an emergency meeting to try to decide what to do.

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