2008 Mission Report: Malaysia – Permatang Pauh Bi-Election

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The Permatang Pauh bi-election was called by the Election Commission or Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) to seek a replacement for the Dewan Rakyat seat after a female MP, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, resigned from her post. She declared her resignation on July 31st, 2008 to give a way for her husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, to contest the seat and make a return to politics after a ban of several years. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has remained president of the Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which belongs to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.

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