BUKIT MERTAJAM: ug 26, 2008
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat with a majority of 15,671 votes.
The victory marks a return to Parliament for the PKR advisor after an absence of 13 years.
The Election Commission announced that Anwar polled 31,195 votes while his Barisan Nasional opponent, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah received 15,524.
Hanafi Hamat of Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim), who contested as an independent lost his deposit, polling only 92 votes.
Anwar last won the Permatang Pauh seat in 1995 with a majority of 23,515 votes.
The by-election was held after his wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail quit as Permatang Pauh MP on July 31. She had won with a majority of 13,388 votes in the March 8 general election.
With his victory, Anwar will take over as the Parliamentary Opposition Leader.