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    has/had

    Anwar was formally charged earlier this month, just after his wife vacated the Permatang Pauh constituency -- which she has held since he went to jail -- to allow him to return to parliament after a decade-long absence.

    Is the part in bold face correct? Anwar's wife stepped down as MP recently to allow him to contest the by-election. Is 'has' correctly used? Should it be 'had'?

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    Re: has/had

    She had held.

    You are mentioning something which happened before something else (both in the past).

    She vacated the role which she had held since her husband entered jail.

    However perhaps you should add more detail.

    "Anwar was formally charged earlier this month, just after his wife vacated her position/role in the Permatang Pauh constituency -- which she had held since he went to jail -- to allow him to return to parliament after a decade-long absence."

    Without this additional information it isn't entirely clear what Anwer vacated.

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    Re: has/had

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Anwar was formally charged earlier this month, just after his wife vacated the Permatang Pauh constituency -- which she has held since he went to jail -- to allow him to return to parliament after a decade-long absence.

    Is the part in bold face correct? Anwar's wife stepped down as MP recently to allow him to contest the by-election. Is 'has' correctly used? Should it be 'had'?

    Many thanks.
    I agree with colloquium that it should be "had".
    The context is clear, and I don't think extra information would change that.

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