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.
Prosecutors painted a picture of massive corruption and abuse of power. The second trial is the biggest out of five the former prime minister will face.
Almost two decades after he was jailed on disputed sodomy charges, Anwar Ibraham has won a new parliamentary seat. Now aged 71, he is expected to succeed Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad in two years.
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.
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