Malaysia PM Najib urged to resign by broad alliance – BBC

Malaysia PM Najib urged to resign by broad alliance

Prominent members from Malaysia’s ruling and opposition parties have joined forces to call for Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down.

Mr Najib has been plagued by corruption allegations, although he denies them and has been officially cleared.

In a joint statement, 58 politicians and activists urged Mr Najib to quit, saying the country would get “worse and worse” under him.

However, Mr Najib’s spokesman accused the group of “political opportunism”.

The move against Mr Najib was led by influential former PM Mahathir Mohamad, who quit the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) on Monday.

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Mr Mahathir called upon all Malaysians to join “in saving Malaysia from the government headed by Najib Razak”.

“We must rid ourselves of Najib. If he’s allowed to go on, the damage will be worse and worse,” he said.
Unusual alliance

Mr Mahathir was joined by some members of the ruling party, and opposition politicians.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim also expressed his support for the call from prison.

Correspondents say the move from across the political spectrum is remarkable, given the bitter rivalry between Mr Mahathir and Mr Anwar.

Mr Anwar served as deputy prime minister under Mr Mahathir in the 1990s, but tensions grew between the two men and Mr Anwar was eventually sacked and charged with sodomy and corruption – charges he denounced as politically motivated.

Malaysia PM Najib urged to resign by broad alliance
4 March 2016 – BBC


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