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Nizar vs Zambry: Outcome today

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on May 11, 2009

Malaysiakini

The Kuala Lumpur High Court will decide today on the status of BN’s Zambry Abd Kadir as the legitimate Perak menteri besar.

The court is expected to make a decision based on an application by ousted Pakatan Rakyat MB Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin at 2.30pm today.

nizar jamaluddin dr zambry abdul kadir perakThe decision by justice Abdul Aziz Abd Rahim can either bring an end to the ongoing political turmoil in Perak or start a fresh round of battle for power between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan.

The state has been in a political impasse since February after Sultan Azlan Shah urged Nizar to step down and appointed Zambry as the menteri besar.

The sultan’s decision was based on the defection of three Pakatan elected representatives to become BN-friendly independents.

Nizar however has questioned the legitimacy of Zambry’s appointment and is pushing for the state assembly to be dissolved so that fresh elections could be held.

Last Thursday, BN gained an upper hand in the state assembly by removing the Pakatan appointed speaker V Sivakumar and replaced him with R Ganesan from MIC.

Nizar’s case was filed on Feb 13, in which he sought a declaration that he is the rightful menteri besar and to prevent Zambry from discharging his duty.

Nizar’s lawyers previously argued in the court that if he got the declaration, he would seek a fresh mandate to resolve the political deadlock.

[More to follow]

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