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Anwar says Malaysia government to fall by Tuesday

ICC Note:

Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibraham announced Wednesday that he will “topple” Malaysia’s government by September 16. Interestingly, Anwar is also a professor at the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Tal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown. The Center was named after the Saudi prince that donated millions to the center in what some seem to believe to be an effort by the Saudi kingdom to gain a foothold for their particularly radical brand of Wahhabi Islam.

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9/10/08 Malaysia, Islam (IHT) Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he will topple Malaysia’s government by early next week despite a trip abroad by ruling coalition lawmakers that he claims is aimed at thwarting his plans.

The three-party opposition alliance can seize power if at least 30 members of Parliament defect from the National Front coalition, and Anwar said he would fly overseas if necessary to meet with lawmakers he hopes to lure to his side.

He has vowed for several months to take power by Sept. 16.

Anwar, who is battling a charge that he sodomized his 23-year-old former male aide, made his comments Wednesday after a Sessions Court delayed a preliminary hearing for his sodomy trial.

Government prosecutors said Wednesday they wanted to transfer the case to a higher court because it had attracted widespread interest, including from international observers.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has pledged to foil Anwar’s attempt to unseat the National Front, which has governed Malaysia for 51 years but suffered its worst electoral result ever in March national polls.

The National Front won 140 seats in the 222-member Parliament, losing its two-thirds majority for the first time since 1969.

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