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Malaysia's Ismail Sabri optimistic on remaining prime minister

Nation's leader appears locked in political battle with his party's leader

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob insists his party will not form a coalition with Anwar Ibrahim's Hope Pact. (Photo by Hakimie Amrie)

BERA, Pahang -- Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is optimistic that his party, if it wins elections on Nov. 19, will keep him in the top job, he said in an interview with Nikkei Asia.

Ismail Sabri, who became prime minister in August 2021, said he is confident the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and its president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, will honor the resolutions taken by the party's supreme council and divisional delegates to support the incumbent's candidacy.

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