Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Malaysia's Reformist Icon Anwar Ibrahim Freed From Prison After Receiving Royal Pardon

Malaysia's Reformist Icon Anwar Ibrahim Freed From Prison After Receiving Royal Pardon

On Monday, the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Istana Negara, Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz, said in a statement that the king, Sultan Muhammad V, had consented to all procedures related to the proceedings of the Pardons Board pertaining to Anwar being finalised on Wednesday.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from jail, paving the way for his return to politics.

A royal pardon would reverse Mr Anwar's conviction and make him eligible to actively participate in politics.

He also pledged to serve the premiership for around two years before handing it over to Anwar.

Anwar was previously scheduled to be released on June 8.

"Even though it has been agreed, the Pardons Board meeting may be slightly delayed because we want to follow the rules".

Anwar waved to reporters as he was whisked from a hospital Wednesday where he was recovering from a shoulder surgery.

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


Asked about Anwar's health, Dr Wan Azizah, who is the MP for Pandan, said her husband was recovering.

Anwar will travel directly to the palace after his release.

Cracks have already emerged, with officials from Anwar's party alleging that Mahathir bulldozed the announcement of three top Cabinet posts. He was initially supposed to name 10 ministers but appeared to have been stalled by horse-trading over positions.

Dr Wan Azizah said the government would work tirelessly to deliver their 100-day promises made during campaigning for the 14th general election.

Mahathir said it would be hard to achieve consensus and any decisions will be based on the voice of the majority. On Tuesday, Mahathir said he expected to be prime minister for one or two more years, setting off talk of differences between the two.

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Mahathir, 92, had vowed to enable Anwar's release and eventually step aside for him to become the prime minister.

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