Anwar walks free from prison and into political limelight

Anwar walks free from prison and into political limelight

He was Mahathir's deputy in the 1990s but fell out with his mentor during the Asian financial crisis.

Mahathir crossed aisles because he felt it was untenable to support Najib as premier following widespread allegations of his involvement in the 1MDB scandal. After that Mr Anwar was jailed on charges of committing sodomy and abusing power.

Images at the time of a goateed, bespectacled Anwar in court with a black eye and bruises brought condemnation of Mahathir from around the world.

"The road ahead will challenge the best among us to deliver what we promised to the people", he said.

After spending six years in jail, Anwar later used his star power to unite the previously hapless opposition before the latest sodomy charges cast him once again into the political wilderness.

He maintains his innocence, and says on both occasions Mahathir and Najib turned to trumping up charges against him to keep him out of politics.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim kisses his wife during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018.

A deluxe Kuala Lumpur apartment block raided by the police, relatives of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak had been staying there.

"The hope is that Anwar and Mahathir will find a way to work together especially during this period of transition", said Rashaad Ali, research analyst with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

The pardon, granted on the grounds that there was a miscarriage of justice, allows Anwar to re-enter politics immediately.

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Malaysia's new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sought a pardon for Mr Anwar, which was granted on Wednesday morning. His wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads Anwar's party, is now the new deputy prime minister.

Devamacar Arumugam, 45, a woman wearing a sari made up of Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR) flags, said she waited all day on Tuesday and was back just after dawn on Wednesday to see him free.

To become prime minister, Mr Anwar must win a seat in parliament.

"The pardon timing is fast, and this speaks to the recognition that his conviction was unjust", said Bridget Welsh, a political science professor at the John Cabot University in Rome.

"We are now in process of getting into details of matters he suppressed in his time", Mahathir said of Najib.

Differences have already appeared between supporters of Mahathir and Anwar over cabinet positions and Anwar's role.

Mahathir, 92, and Anwar, 70, had put aside a longstanding rivalry to fight together to defeat Najib. "But Mahathir may be reluctant to hand over to his former nemesis, and if he drags his feet other scenarios could come into play", said Peter Mumford of the Eurasia Group in a research note.

"No deal", Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying in the article based on a live video feed from Malaysia to The Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Tokyo, Japan.

"The Anwar and Mahathir relationship will be a challenge to navigate as trust, ambition and priorities will be likely problem areas", said Welsh, a Southeast Asia expert who was in Malaysia to monitor the polls. Tun Dr Mahathir has barred Mr Najib and his wife from leaving the country, and replaced Tan Sri Apandi.

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