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Malaysian opposition hit by doubts over leader Anwar as polls loom

Missteps in state elections cast shadow over longtime prime ministerial hopeful

Anwar Ibrahim once held the premiership runner-up position between 1993-1998, with then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad openly naming him as a successor.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has had three prime ministers in three years as political instability overshadows its government. But, as the nation gears up for a general election that is widely expected to be called by year-end, disunity is not confined to the ruling parties.

Members of the opposition -- principally led by longtime prime ministerial hopeful Anwar Ibrahim -- are at odds over his ability to steer them to victory at both the national vote and state elections, sources in opposition parties told Nikkei Asia.

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