Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Guan Eng to brief PKR on Penang snap polls

Lim Guan Eng will brief top PKR leaders Tuesday night on his party's case for snap elections in Penang.

The Penang Chief Minister, in a highly unusual move, is expected to present his party's decision to call for a state election to the PKR political bureau at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

The DAP central executive committee (CEC) met Monday night and decided in favour of an early state election and it needs to convince PKR to agree with the decision.

A DAP delegation of six top leaders had met PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at her Bukit Segambut home late Monday night to convey their decision.

It is understood that many PKR leaders are not keen on the decision and tonight's session is expected to be lively with many questions thrown.

"DAP needs to convince us on the necessity of having such a exercise. They need to show us the numbers," said a top PKR official.

PKR is also banking on its deputy president and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to make a decision that reflects the opinion of the party.

It is understood that Dr Wan Azizah was also non-committal about going along with the radical decision and has asked PKR leaders from Penang to attend the political bureau meeting and give their feedback.

The snap election is widely seen as a move to validate Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's position in the light of the corruption charges he is facing.

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