Zaid’s decision to quit race could spell more trouble for PKR

(The Star) – Maverick politician Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s bombshell decision – to withdraw from the deputy presidency race and quit all his positions – could lead to greater turmoil in PKR which is already reeling from allegations of vote-rigging in the ongoing election.

Party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim moved quickly to contain any fallout by telling Zaid to show proof of his allegations that the election was tainted with irregularities.

Other developments:

> Several candidates vying for top positions including in the Wanita and Youth wings are said to be ready to quit the race, complaining that the party leadership failed to address allegations of vote manipulation.

> Zaid claimed that he was just a vocal messenger, representing the views of his many supporters.

> PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said Zaid’s name is on the ballot paper and he is still considered a candidate for the deputy presidency since he has not submitted a resignation letter.