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.
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.
Malaysia's new monarch will be selected from a group of nine sultans. The ceremonial proceedings at the top of the Southeast Asian nation won't mark the beginning of a new era, but are not completely irrelevant either.
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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