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Anwar Faces Many Pitfalls After Finally Becoming Malaysia PM

  • Veteran reformist’s challenges include economy and Islamists
  • Anwar must also deal with longtime nemesis as likely partner
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WATCH: Malaysia's Anwar to Test Majority With Parliament Vote

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Anwar Ibrahim, the almost man of Malaysian politics, finally clinched the country’s premiership after decades of waiting. Now, the reformist leader must make sure that he keeps the job.

That won’t be easy in a nation that’s now had four prime ministers in four years. Former finance chief Anwar is likely to control an unstable majority and his administration looks set to include his longtime nemesis, the graft-tainted United Malays National Organisation. That may prove an obstacle to policy making and could easily bring his government down.