Azmin expects change of country's leadership by year-end

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Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali believes that there will be a change in the country's top leadership by the end of the year.

Azmin said this when asked whether he was prepared to work with BN MPs for a vote of no-confidence in Parliament against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"Currently, Pakatan Rakyat has 88 MPs, so we just need another 30 (MPs), insya' Allah before the end of the year, we will see a change.

"And this is allowed in a democratic system," he told reporters in Shah Alam today.

Azmin also said that Pakatan Rakyat was prepared to work with all MPs who want change.

"And I invite Umno and BN MPs to have the courage of conviction to save the country and to improve the economy.

"Under the current leadership, the country is in a bad shape. (Just) look at our currency, and (investors') level of confidence.

"These things will destroy the country," he said.

"That's why I ask Umno and BN MPs to come together with Pakatan MPs to bring about the change," he said.

When asked whether the release of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim should be a condition for this, Azmin said: "Well, certainly, Anwar is a factor. And Anwar must be on the agenda."

Rakyat are responsible

A joint statement by DAP, PKR and Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) yesterday stated that the opposition was willing to help BN MPs secure a new majority to topple Najib's government if certain conditions were fulfilled.

Meanwhile, Azmin confirmed that he will be participating in the Bersih rally tomorrow.

He also believes that the number of participants would be the highest among all the Bersih rallies held thus far.

"I invite the rakyat to see this as their right, not just among Pakatan supporters or those who support Bersih.

"With the current economic situation [...] the rakyat are responsible to rise up so that the rally becomes a rally to save the country and to improve the economy.

"We want the country to be led by those who are truthful and responsible. I am confident that the rally will be peaceful for the sake of saving the country," he said.

Bersih's mega-rally will be held simultaneously tomorrow and Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

The rally is to demand five things: 1. Clean elections; 2. Clean governance; 3. Save the economy; 4. Preserving the right to dissent; and 5. Strengthening of parliamentary democracy.

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