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Pakatan negotiating with the government - ref. malaysiakini


The Pakatan Rakyat opposition today said it has begun talks over a transition of power from the ruling coalition, after it claimed to have signed up enough defectors to topple the government.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who has refused to meet with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, however denied that contacts were being made through intermediaries.

"There are no such meetings whatsoever with Anwar's people," he told reporters.

bersih protest constitution amendment 071207 tian chua Tian Chua, information chief of Anwar's PKR, said there had been several meetings since the weekend between "our middleperson and Abdullah's middleperson".

"Our intention in holding them is for a transition of power to the opposition but I cannot speak for the other side," he told AFP.

"So far it looks good and we will wait to see what happens."

Meetings had been held

Tian Chua said contact was made initially on the weekend and that more than one meeting had taken place.

Anwar said earlier this month that he had the support of more than 31 lawmakers from the ruling coalition but refused to release the list of names until Abdullah agreed to a meeting.

He has asked Abdullah to reconvene Parliament - which is currently not in session - to debate a motion of no confidence against him. The opposition leader has given today, Sept 23, as deadline for the prime minister to respond.

The premier however refused to recall Parliament and dismissed Anwar's claims as bluff.

Abdullah has thus far shown no sign of stepping down even as he faces another challenge from cabinet ministers who have called on him to quit before his scheduled departure in 2010.

Abdullah has been fighting for his political life since a March general election handed the opposition unprecedented gains and plunged the coalition into disarray.

Ruling party insiders say he is now under intense pressure to quit by the end of the year.


Who is bluffing now?