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PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali speaks to reporters in Ayer Keroh. -NSTP/Rasul Azli Samad

MELAKA: PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said despite his unhappiness with party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he will not quit the Pakatan Harapan component party.

The Economic Affairs Minister said he was optimistic that he and Anwar would be able to sort out their differences.

“I am still optimistic, because we have faced so many crises in the past and thank God we managed to resolve them.

“I believe we can resolve this crisis too, provided that all leaders are honest and adhere to what has been discussed and promised.

“This is a party that we have built for 20 years. We will stay and there is no way I will quit the party,” he told a press conference at Ames Hotel here today.

Earlier today at about 2.40pm, Azmin and hundreds of his supporters deserted the PKR national congress held at the Melaka International Trade Centre in protest of the how the event was conducted.

Among the reasons for the walkout was Anwar’s speech which Azmin described as provocative and also on speeches made by congress debaters where they made sarcastic remarks towards the PKR No.2.

When asked if he still had “a lot of love for Anwar after all this”, Azmin said: “He is still my leader, my president and that’s why I still talk to him.”

Both Azmin and Anwar met in the Parliament House on Wednesday to end months of sniping as they headed into the PKR annual congress this weekend.

There were apparent rifts in PKR as a result of infighting among factions loyal to both two leaders since the party’s internal election last year.

Meanwhile, a list of names was made viral, claiming to be a list of PKR leaders planning on forming a new party called Parti Reformasi Negara.

According to the list, Azmin is the president while PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin is the deputy president.

Azmin however denied the claim and described the viral message as a hoax.

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