Keadilan hoping for a revival
New Straits Times
It was almost wiped out in the last general election. However, Parti Keadilan Rakyat is confident of making a resounding comeback in the next elections.
Its president Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the optimism felt by Keadilan members was based on several factors, including the strife among Barisan Nasional component party leaders and internal conflict in Umno.
“The wave of reform in the country is now experiencing a new lease of life,” she said in her keynote address at the party’s 3rd national congress here yesterday.
Also present at the meeting themed “Time for Change”, was deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali.
Wan Azizah said the party had prepared a comprehensive master plan to face the BN in the next general election.
The last general election was held in March, 2004, but the opposition is speculating that the BN will call for a snap general election next year.
She said the political scenario in the country and active involvement of former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in local politics augured well for the opposition.
Anwar’s ability to lead and unite the opposition pact and an increasing jittery public, she claimed, would see Keadilan making inroads in the next general election.
At a Press conference later, Wan Azizah sidestepped questions on whether Anwar would eventually take over as Keadilan president.
“It is all up to the members. What makes you think the members want him to be the president… they may want me to lead,” she said.
Anwar is expected to be present at the closing of the congress today.
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