Malaysian reformist politician Anwar Ibrahim is welcoming “a brand new daybreak” for his nation.
Anwar’s three-year imprisonment ended Wednesday after he was granted a royal pardon. The 70-year-old politician was greeted by tons of of supporters as he walked out of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur the place he was receiving therapy for a shoulder damage, and headed for a gathering with King Sultan Muhammad V.
Anwar’s launch and pardon follows his Alliance of Hope social gathering scoring an upset victory in final week’s parliamentary elections, ousting scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Barisan Nasional coalition, which dominated Malaysia uninterrupted for greater than six a long time.
Anwar praised Malaysians for his social gathering’s victory, saying “no matter race or faith, have stood by the rules of democracy and freedom.”
The social gathering’s victory was paved by a reconciliation between Anwar and 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, who dominated Malaysia with an iron fist from 1981 to 2003, and got here out of retirement to steer the Alliance of Hope to victory. Anwar served as deputy prime minister and finance minister beneath Mahathir, and was seen as Mahathir’s heir-apparent till he was fired in 1999. The fallout led to Anwar’s conviction and six-year imprisonment on a cost of sodomy.
Anwar says he has forgiven Mahathir, however has no plans to hitch the older man’s Cupboard. Mahathir, the world’s oldest elected chief, says he’ll run the federal government for 2 years earlier than turning over the reins to Anwar, who should first be re-elected to parliament.
Anwar’s spouse, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, serves as deputy prime minister.