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Malaysia’s Anwar will find it tough to hold onto power

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Significance

At the king’s behest, Anwar has assembled a unity government. The main partners to his Pakatan Harapan (PH) are three other coalitions: the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and, most notably, the Barisan Nasional (BN), a hitherto bitter rival.

Impacts

  • Anwar’s first key challenge will be to balance cabinet appointments among his new partners.
  • Malay Muslim politics will remain a strong force despite the PH’s multi-ethnic orientation.
  • Significant changes in foreign policy are unlikely.

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