Jailed Malaysian opposition leader to be freed, granted full pardon on Tuesday

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader to be freed, granted full pardon on Tuesday

He has said Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the deputy prime minister in his cabinet.

Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, is due to be released from prison on Tuesday, his daughter has said. He has maintained the charges were politically motivated. "It's going to be a full pardon, which means that he is not only pardoned but released immediately", he told a press conference after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting earlier in the day.

Mahathir was sworn in Thursday, becoming the world's oldest elected leader at 92.

He is due for release on June 8.

Mahathir has pledged to step down and give the prime minister's post to Anwar when he is pardoned.

Dr Mahathir said he will announce a Cabinet on Saturday that would include himself, Wan Azizah and 10 others, including the ministers for finance, foreign affairs, defence and home affairs.

Image via Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali  New Straits Times
Image via Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali New Straits Times

Mahathir, referred to as the "Father of Modern Malaysia", fell out with Anwar during his previous 22 years in power, which ended in 2003.

Anwar was released from jail in 2004 and became a powerful figure in the opposition, running against Najib in the 2013 election. But this year, in a bid to remove Najib Razak, who has been accused of a $3.2 billion corruption scandal, Mahathir joined the opposition and agreed to run as its leader. He said he doesn't want a "huge" cabinet, in a veiled reference to past cabinets with more than 30 ministers.

"Mahathir has proven his tenacity, accepted past limitations, apologised and sacrificed his time and energy to raise the dignity of the people and the country", Anwar said.

Anger over the 1MDB scandal prompted Mahathir to emerge from retirement and sparked the anger that helped to oust Najib's coalition.

Mahathir said the country's attorney general was wrong to clear Najib in the 1MDB probe in 2016. "He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law", Mahathir said. "We have to do what is permitted by the laws of this country", he said.

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