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Mahathir-Anwar stalemate pulls opposition pact apart

Counter-coup stalls after failure to agree on who will lead Malaysia if Muhyiddin is ousted

The momentum for Pakatan Harapan's (PH) counter-coup has stalled just inches from the finish line after failure to agree on who would lead Malaysia should the coalition succeed in toppling Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

The inability to reconcile Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's bid to take power for the third time and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's desire to end a 22-year wait to become premier makes it a case of so near yet so far, in the light of Perikatan Nasional's (PN) wafer-thin majority.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2020, with the headline 'Mahathir-Anwar stalemate pulls opposition pact apart'. Print Edition | Subscribe