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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim Named PM Candidate as Polls Near

  • Anwar, 75, to lead opposition Pakatan Harapan in Nov. 19 polls
  • Move pits Anwar against caretaker Prime Minister Ismail Sabri
Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Convention in Ipoh on Oct. 20.
Anwar Ibrahim speaks at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Convention in Ipoh on Oct. 20.Photographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg
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Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim has been named as the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s prime minister candidate, as the Southeast Asian nation gears up for a general election next month.

The long-time opposition leader is the second politician to offer himself as premier in the national vote that will be held on Nov. 19. The move pits Anwar, 75, against caretaker premier Ismail Sabri Yaakob, 62, who was endorsed by the ruling United Malays National Organisation in April.