Former Malaysia deputy PM Ibrahim pardoned

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Malaysia's historic change of government paves the way for an extraordinary comeback for jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim, who played a key role in helping to secure last week's election victory and has become a prime minister-in-waiting.

Surrounded by media and supporters, Anwar walked out of a hospital Wednesday where he was recovering from surgery.

Earlier, when met, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said Anwar will be released from the rehabilitation hospital tomorrow upon the pardons board's decision.

"It's truly a blessing with the release of Anwar, we can celebrate Ramadan with him", she said.

Anwar joined forces with his old ally-turned-foe-turned ally, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, to oust scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak.

However, Dr Mahathir, who now leads the coalition and was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, has said it may take up to two years for him to hand over the reins as he wants to stick around to fix the problems he sees plaguing the nation.

A royal pardons board is set to meet at 11 a.m. (0300 GMT) to clear his release.

Anwar sought a royal pardon on the grounds of "miscarriage of justice", which would reverse his conviction and make him eligible to actively participate in politics.

The volatile relationship between Mahathir and Anwar has dominated Malaysia's political landscape for over three decades and is central to the future of the alliance.

"I will continue to ensure that the current prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) fulfils the promises for reforms he has made and we will ensure there are proper checks and balances".

"Anwar will contribute but not as part of the government", she told reporters after an event to welcome her as the first woman to be elected as deputy prime minister and Pandan MP here on Tuesday night.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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