PKR president Anwar Ibrahim failed to secure the support of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to be prime minister if Pakatan Harapan (PH) and its allies recaptured Putrajaya, DAP and Amanah said in a statement today.
Both parties said that during the PH presidential council chaired by Anwar himself, two options were agreed upon: Anwar as prime minister and Mukhriz Mahathir as deputy, and if that failed, it would be Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister with Anwar as his deputy.
The first option failed, DAP and Amanah said. “After exhausting all efforts, we found that the first option had only managed to gain support from a maximum of 96 MPs.”
“The last attempt by Anwar to secure the support of GPS had also failed and the number of support could not reach the amount needed while the deadline has already passed,” read the statement.
According to both parties, PH has 96 MPs: 38 from PKR, 42 from DAP, 11 from Amanah, and Mahathir and his quartet.
But their statement failed to disclose the number of MPs backing the Mahathir-Anwar option.
The statement was signed by Amanah communications director Khalid Samad and DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke.
PKR earlier said that it rejected Mahathir as the PH prime minister candidate and had thrown its weight behind its president Anwar. - June 19, 2020