Malaysia’s new prime minister says he will step aside to allow his political ally Anwar Ibrahim to take over after he is released from prison. Anwar, currently serving a sentence for sodomy, is expected to be granted a pardon from the king.
Mahathir said the king has indicated he was willing to grant a full pardon to Anwar immediately. The new prime minister has pledged to give his job to Anwar, who he sacked as his deputy two decades ago.
Mahathir Mohamad has been sworn in as Malaysia's new prime minister, capping a remarkable political comeback by the 92-year-old. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was dethroned on Wednesday after six decades in power.
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has promised to back his onetime rival, Mahathir Mohamed, after being freed from jail. He is considered a prime minister in-waiting following the country's shock election result.
DW examines the comeback of the longtime opposition leader, who was released from prison today and whose spectacular fall from grace gave impetus to the opposition movement that now governs Malaysia.
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