Malaysia: date set for release of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

  • Malaysia: date set for release of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia: date set for release of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

At 92 years old, Mahathir has become the world's oldest elected leader.

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said yesterday that the ruling coalition would petition the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a full pardon, and he would be released the same day the pardon was granted.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah was asked to comment on a Sinar Harian report which quoted her as saying that Anwar would be released today.

Anwar's release will mark another chapter in his colourful and fraught relationship with Mahatir.

A video of Anwar watching from his hospital room the swearing-in ceremony of Dr Mahathir as prime minister on Thursday went viral on social media.

The Southeast Asian nation's political landscape has been shaped for almost two decades by a bitter feud between Anwar and Mahathir, whose decision to sack Anwar as his deputy sparked an opposition movement, Reformasi, or Reform, in 1998.

Mahathir said he will announced a cabinet on Saturday that would include himself, Wan Azizah and 10 others, including the ministers for finance, foreign affairs, defence and home affairs.

The elderly politician joined forces with parties that opposed him while in power and agreed that if elected, he would hand over the premiership to Anwar, his former nemesis and leading member of the People's Justice Party. Mahathir had Anwar imprisoned for the first time on fake sodomy charges in 1998. Malaysian Cabinets have in the past had more than 30 ministers. He indicated this could include Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali, who was appointed after Najib sacked the then-attorney general in 2015 to escape possible prosecution over a corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund. It was a major issue in the run-up to the election and played a major role in the ouster of Najib, Mahathir's former protegé. "We have to do what is permitted by the laws of this country", he said. "He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law", Mahathir said. You can sign up to receive it directly here.