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Anwar: All is well in PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has denied claims that there is a formal agreement for peace-making efforts between himself and his deputy, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Speaking to reporters today, Anwar said he believed that all was well in his party and said no agreements had been made to appoint anyone to overcome factionalism in the party.

The New Straits Times today reported that PKR vice-president Tian Chua, among several others, had been trying to broker a truce between the camps led by Anwar and Azmin.

“I discuss with everyone. (PKR vice president) Tian Chua, (PKR central leadership council member) R.Sivarasa.

“Even with (communications director) Fahmi Fadzil and (PKR Central Leadership Council member) Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

“Last night, I met a representative from the PKR Youth and Women wings. I meet them all,” he added.

Anwar said his doors were open every day for anyone to see him, and would meet members of parliament, regardless of affiliation.

“There isn’t a specific discussion on the supposed ‘reconciliation’. This party is united.

“I believe that our congress will go on smoothly. Azmin will officiate the Women’s wing congress and Azizah will open the Youth’s congress,” he said, referring to PKR advisory council chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The NST had reported that a meeting between Anwar and Tian Chua was held at an undisclosed time and location three days ago.

Sources said Tian Chua had been busy with meetings in an attempt to mediate between camps siding with Anwar and with Azmin, who is also economic affairs minister.

Anwar said the party’s national congress, scheduled this weekend, would see a turnout of almost 80 per cent.

The high attendance, he added, was a “good indication”.

“Although the media likes to sensationalise some things, I’m confident that our leaders, regardless of their factions, are mature and experienced, and understand that the party was formed in 1999 to strengthen the reformation agenda in our country.”

Anwar also stressed that only one congress would be held, which was the one decided by the party’s top leadership.

“There is only one congress, the one in Melaka. Any other meetings do not represent the party.”

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