Malaysian PM Mahathir Calls For Party Unity As Sex Tape Scandal Deepens Rifts | 10/25/2018 | Staff
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PORT DICKSON (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on Friday for unity in his ruling coalition, saying his administration could risk losing power due to infighting, as a sex scandal involving a senior minister worsened divisions in the alliance.

Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos purporting to show Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, seen as a potential successor to Mahathir, in bed with another man were circulated last month.

Sodomy - Crime - Malaysia - Past - Anwar

Sodomy is a crime in Malaysia and in the past, Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir has named as his successor, spent about a decade in jail under the law.

The videos have led to finger pointing within the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) party, the biggest component of Mahathir’s ruling alliance, and raised concerns of a turbulent transition from the 94-year-old leader.

Anwar - Azmin - President - Deputy - President

Anwar and Azmin are the president and deputy president in PKR. Azmin has denied he was in the videos and has said he is convinced the videos were the work of PKR insiders. Anwar has called it “slander” to suggest he had anything to do with the leaked footage.

On Thursday, police said a leader...
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