Anwar Ibrahim released after years in prison

Anwar Ibrahim released after years in prison

After that Mr Anwar was jailed on charges of committing sodomy and abusing power. The cases against him have been politically motivated.

As part of their arrangement, Mahathir has pledged to step down in a year or two and to help create a path for Anwar to become premier.

The pardons board in Malaysia's capital will meet this week to discuss Anwar's release and Mahathir said he would be released the same day.

Anwar was initially scheduled to be released on June 10, 2018, after his five-year sentence that started on Feb 10, 2015 was reduced for good behaviour.

It was Anwar's second spell in prison.

"It has never been about our father but doing it because it is right", she said when met at the hospital, where Anwar has been undergoing treatment following surgery. "It is also the recognition that the people have spoken and the royalty are responding to these issues".

"I will continue to ensure that the current prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) fulfils the promises for reforms he has made and we will ensure there are proper checks and balances".

When Mahathir was prime minister in the 1990s, Anwar was his deputy and clear heir-apparent.

The volatile relationship between the duo has dominated the country's political landscape for over three decades. "There are many faults committed by the previous government, but we can not do everything in one day, so you have to be patient". Mahathir is the chairman of the alliance and Anwar is its de-facto leader.

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is now a free man.

The path to prime ministership will require Anwar to win a seat in a parliament.

The lawsuits name Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, and Mr Najib's stepson Riza Aziz among the alleged beneficiaries of misappropriated funds.

Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was sworn in on Thursday, has vowed to investigate the 1MDB scandal and take action against those who may have abetted or benefited from corruption at the fund.

Mr Mahathir sacked Mr Anwar as his deputy in 1998 amid a dispute over the management of the Asian financial crisis. That black eye has become the logo of his People's Justice Party.

Differences have already appeared between supporters of Mahathir and Anwar over cabinet positions and Anwar's role. He led an opposition alliance to major gains in the last two elections, winning the popular vote in 2013.

Anwar said he bore no ill-will against Najib as well, but added that latter must answer to the charge of "injustice" to the people. "Authoritarian leaders always believe the best way to deal with dissidents is to jail them, but throughout history, it has always backfired".

"The base case is that Mahathir passes the baton to Anwar".

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