Malaysia's jailed reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim released

Anwar's First Interview On The Eve Of Freedom

Anwar's First Interview On The Eve Of Freedom

On Tuesday, Mahathir said he expected to be prime minister for one or two more years, setting off talk of differences between the two.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) will not accept defectors from Barisan Nasional (BN) or the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) as registered members of the coalition, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Anwar returned to politics and led the opposition coalition at the 2008 and 2013 elections, improving their position but falling short of victory.

However, Dr Mahathir, who now leads the coalition and was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, has said it may take up to two years for him to hand over the reins as he wants to stick around to fix the problems he sees plaguing the nation. Anwar's prison sentence ends June 8, but without a royal pardon he would be barred from politics for five years.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from prison after receiving a full royal pardon from the king.

Yesterday, Madinah in a statement said that the audit report on 1MDB, which was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee on March 4, 2016, had been declassified.

Smiling and waving to supporters on Wednesday, Anwar, 70, was surrounded by his family, lawyers and prison guards before getting into a auto and driving to the palace for an audience with the king.

"I am disappointed because I had hoped he could be prime minister as soon as possible", said Talib Ibrahim, an Anwar supporter outside the hospital.

Mahathir, with whom Anwar joined forces to win last Wednesday's election, greeted him at the palace where they both met the king.

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"He was unsuitable to continue serving in the government and he was unsuitable to succeed me as prime minister", he wrote. He was Mahathir's deputy in the 1990s but fell out with his mentor during the Asian financial crisis. "Today, I am very happy", she said.

Anwar was freed in 2004 and cleared of the sodomy charges after Mahathir retired. He was later arrested and jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption. He and his supporters say the charge was politically motivated.

The 70-year-old Anwar was convicted of sodomy in 2015 in a case he said was aimed at crushing his alliance after making gains against Malaysia's long-ruling coalition government.

It was the second time the founder and de facto leader of the People's Justice Party (PKR) had served time for the crime, after being jailed in 1999 by then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

"We knew the movement of money in Malaysia, but once it left Malaysia, we didn't know where the money went", Lim said.

Even while in jail, Anwar said he had detected growing outrage among Malaysians against Najib, who has been accused of involvement in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

Najib denies any wrongdoing in connection with losses at the fund.

Earlier, state news agency Bernama and other media reported that a former official of the anti-graft agency, MACC, had lodged a report against Najib on suspicion of blocking probes in cases involving 1MDB and a government pension fund.

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