Malaysia's de facto opposition leader has said that he could topple the ruling coalition because enough members inside the government have agreed to defect to his side.
Anwar Ibrahim made the claim just before police broke up a rally aimed at celebrating the end on Monday of a five-year ban that had kept him from running for political office.
"Now I can say for the first time that we are ready to govern the country," Anwar said.
"We have the numbers ... Some [government legislators] have had discussions with us, but we are not in a hurry."
Organisers estimated 40,000 people gathered to hear Anwar's first public speech in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, since last month's general elections."
Magna res est vocis et silentii temperamentum
- The great thing is to know when to speak and when to keep quiet
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