For the first time in the history of Malaysian woman was leading a government meeting

© AP PhotoВице Prime Minister of Malaysia WAN Aziz WAN Ismail, speaks during a government event in Putrajaya, Malaysia. 2 July 2018For the first time in the history of Malaysian woman was leading a government meeting© AP Photo

For the first time in the history of Malaysia woman Vice-Premier WAN Aziza WAN Ismail, presided at the weekly meeting of the government of the country, informs on Wednesday the Internet version of the newspaper the Star, citing the Declaration of the Deputy Prime Minister on the social network Twitter.

«A historic event: for the first time in the history of Malaysia, a woman presides at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers», — wrote in his account of 65-year-old Wang Aziz, posting a photo from the meeting, which publishes the newspaper.

WAN Aziza WAN Ismail is one of the main leaders of the Malaysian opposition bloc that won the elections in may 2018, and the wife of its leader, Anwar Ibrahim, after the election was the first ever Malaysian woman to hold the post of Deputy Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister chaired on Wednesday the Cabinet meeting instead of the absent Prime Minister, a veteran of Malaysian politics, Mahathir Mohamad, who is now in new York and participates in meetings of the UN General Assembly.

The opposition bloc under the leadership of Mahathir Mohamad, and WAN Aziza won by a large margin in the General elections in Malaysia may 9, 2018, thus ending the 60-year reign block Barisan Nasional (national Front), who ruled the country since independence from Britain.

Occupying the post of Prime Minister for the second time (Mahathir Mohamad was the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003), a veteran of Malaysian politics said that it plans to keep that position longer than two years. According to observers, his successor may become the husband of WAN Aziza Anwar Ibrahim, who was not involved in the elections. Currently he is a candidate for Parliament in the elections in an electoral district of Malaysia.

During the election, Anwar Ibrahim, who this year turned 71 years old, was in prison on charges of sodomy, brought by the previous government, and, according to the opposition, false and politically motivated. After the election the politician was granted a Royal pardon and was released.

More than 60% of Malaysia’s population is Muslim. The country has Sharia courts that have the exclusive right to the consideration of issues related to family relationships of the Muslims. Came into politics in 1998 on a wave of prosecution of her husband, former Deputy Prime Minister in the first government of Mahathir Mohamad, WAN Aziza WAN Ismail was one of the first Muslim women in Malaysian politics. When Anwar Ibrahim was repeated in the prison van, Aziz, as President of the party of national justice, around which was formed the opposition bloc, took upon himself the whole burden of the management of the Malaysian opposition.