For the second time in her life, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be stepping in for her husband and PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Wan Azizah has been announced as Pakatan Rakyat’s candidate for the Kajang by-election, to replace Anwar, who is the federal opposition leader.
She had also vacated the Permatang Pauh seat in 2008 for Anwar.
Anwar was disqualified from contesting due to a Court of Appeal ruling on March 6 which upheld his conviction for sodomising a former aide.
The announcement was made at the PKR Kajang by-election operations centre in Batu 12, Kajang, today.
The announcement was made by Anwar.
She is expected to face Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun from Barisan Nasional.
In the last general election, PKR’s Lee Chin Cheh won the Kajang seat by a 6,824-vote majority to defeat BN’s Lee Ban Seng and a few other independent candidates.
"The judiciary was manipulated by Umno to prevent me from contesting. So I am announcing Wan Azizah as our candidate for the by-election,” said Anwar.
He added that he would also campaign for Dr Wan Azizah in the March 23 polls.
Anwar said the decision was unanimously agreed by PKR allies PAS and DAP, who have also committed themselves to ensuring Dr Wan Azizah's victory in Kajang.
Dr Wan Azizah, who was also at the press conference, said she was willing to be Pakatan’s standard bearer in the by-election.
“As an ordinary citizen, I cannot accept this injustice," she said, referring to the Court of Appeal's decision against Anwar.
"We cannot allow ourselves to be kept down. As PKR president, I will continue the struggle,” said Dr Wan Azizah.
Dr Wan Azizah, the PKR president, won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in 1999 to replace her husband who was jailed in the same year for abuse of power. She again won the seat in 2004 and 2008, before she resigned to make way for Anwar to re-enter active politics. – March 9, 2014.