Parliament suspension looms for Malaysia's Anwar

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 14, 2010 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim faces a six-month suspension from Parliament for linking Malaysia's Muslim-majority government to Israel, triggering accusations Tuesday that authorities were trying to undermine him amid his sodomy trial.

Federal legislators are scheduled to vote Thursday on the suspension, which could force Anwar to miss parliamentary debates ahead of general elections that some political pundits believe will be held next year.

A suspension from Malaysian Parliament would not affect Anwar's other political activities, which include frequent speeches at opposition rallies. He is widely expected to try to convince the public that the government is abusing its legislative majority and seeking to sideline him.


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