Malaysia’s opposition leader Wan Azizah to contest Selangor in upcoming election, leaving Penang behind

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced she will contest in another opposition-held state in Selangor.
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Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced that she will be leaving her current seat in Penang to instead contest in another opposition-held state in Selangor.

Wan Azizah leaves the seat that was once held by her husband Anwar Ibrahim, but their daughter Nurul Izzah will attempt to defend the Permatang Pauh seat instead.

Anwar is currently incarcerated for a sodomy conviction and is expected to be released in June. He first won the Penang seat in the 1982 elections.

Vice-president of PKR, Rafizi Ramli, is the Selangor seat’s incumbent, but he will not be contesting due to a conviction in February for leaking confidential bank details.

The party has also been embroiled in rumours of tension between Wan Azizah and deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, reported The Star.

In all, PKR will contest 51 seats in parliament at the 14th General Election.

Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional (BN) also announced 13 candidates contesting in the election, according to the New Straits Times.

Among the fresh faces is Adnan Abu Seman, a lawyer who will contest the Bandar Tun Razak seat.

More familiar names include BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, who are contesing seats in Putrajaya and Lembah Pantai respectively.