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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Anwar in 'no hurry' to take reins from Mahathir

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Malaysia PM-designate
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's leader-in-waiting, speaks at the Singapore Summit on Sept. 15. He said he aims to win "the majority of Malay votes, majority of Chinese and majority of Indian votes." (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- Malaysia's prime minister-designate Anwar Ibrahim, a key figure in the ruling coalition despite his lack of a seat in parliament, said on Saturday that he is willing to wait until the right time to take the reins of government.

Anwar announced this week that he will run in a by-election in the western coastal town of Port Dickson. The incumbent is to step down to clear the way for Anwar, who needs to win a place in parliament to become eligible for the premiership. The election commission is expected to set a date for the vote soon.

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