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

This comes after newly-minted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir said that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V had consented to granting Anwar a full and immediate pardon. 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.

This means a full pardon.

"If the director of prisons is satisfied. then he may be released in two to three days", she said at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, where Anwar is recuperating from a shoulder surgery.

Anwar was initially due to be released from prison in June.

In 2015, Anwar was jailed for five years for sodomising a former aide, a charge he described as a politically motivated attempt by the former Prime Minister Najib Razak to end his career. Indeed, the unlikely alliance of Mahathir and Anwar has been one of the many odd aspects of this election.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar addresses the media at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital.


She said: "He followed the event of the prime minister being sworn in and the victory. even though he was a spectator this time not within the ring, so to speak, but he has contributed".

Speaking at a news conference, Mahathir also said he would announce a 10-member cabinet on Saturday, including ministers for finance, defence and home affairs.

Mahathir said initial policies would focus on fulfilling promises made in alliance's manifesto, including the abolition of a goods and services tax (GST).

The new Prime Minister said the country's Attorney-General was wrong to clear Mr Najib in the 1MDB probe in 2016. "He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law", Mahathir said.

Mahathir said his government would look into measures to stabilise the ringgit, and talk to departments on what could be done.

Dr Mahathir, dubbed the "Father of Modern Malaysia" during his previous 22 years in power until 2003 was known for his strong-arm, sometimes pugnacious style of rule, marked by an intolerance for dissent.

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