MB rules out snap polls for S'gor, says cannot betray mandate

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Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has dismissed the need for snap polls in the state as suggested by DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.

The PKR deputy president said his administration would continue to serve until the end of the five-year term.

"No need (for the Selangor assembly to be dissolved). I cannot betray the mandate given by the people of Selangor during the last general election.

"We (the state administration) will work hard for the five years before an election is held," he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian Online.

Azmin was responding to Lim, who urged the state government to consider holding snap polls.

The DAP parliamentary leader said this is because the Election Commission's (EC) redelineation exercise is meant to return Umno to power in the state.

Selangor has been under the control of the opposition coalition since the 2008 general election.

Meanwhile, Azim said PKR leaders are studying the EC’s redelineation proposal in detail and would also meet with lawyers to determine if there is scope for legal action to be taken.

"As the state government, we have the right to oppose (the redrawing of boundaries).

"Not only the state government, but the local councils as well as the voters also possess the legal right to object," he added.

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