Anwar to be pardoned and out on Tuesday

Sheri EvansMay 13, 2018

The opposition has said it will be two years before he hands over power, because Anwar will need to win a byelection first. A full pardon by the king would mean Anwar can return to active politics.

Under Malaysian law, Anwar is disqualified from running for office for five years after his release, unless he is pardoned by the King.

Pakatan Harapan has named Anwar as the prime minister-in-waiting, with Dr Mahathir having promised to vacate the seat once Anwar is pardoned, released and elected as a lawmaker.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar addresses the media at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital. His wife also arrived at the hospital and an alliance source said Mahathir was due to visit later in the day.

Anwar was previously imprisoned for six years after being overthrown as deputy prime minister in 1998 on earlier charges of sodomising his former family driver and abusing his power.

Ibrahim is serving a second prison sentence for sodomy, which many believe was politically motivated and the result of judicial pressure brought by the country's ousted prime minister, Najib Razak.

Mahathir said initial policies would focus on fulfilling promises made in alliance's manifesto, including the abolition of a goods and services tax (GST). "We do not want to favour any country, we want to ensure that the market for Malaysia is as large as possible". Najib's premiership has been battered by a massive financial scandal, in which he was accused of overseeing the plunder of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. At the ripe age of 92, the very election of Mahathir Mohamad as the world's oldest Prime Minister signifies what in judicial terminology is the rarest of the rare... in the political narrative.

"He, in fact, has hidden evidence of wrongdoing, and that is wrong in law".

Asked about 1MDB on Friday, Mahathir accused Attorney-General Mohamed Ali Apandi - who cleared Najib over the scandal - of having "undermined his own credibility".

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