Malaysia: Opposition icon Anwar gets royal pardon, released from prison

Anwar Ibrahim waves after leaving a hospital in Kuala Lumpur

Anwar Ibrahim waves after leaving a hospital in Kuala Lumpur

Mahathir - who ruled Malaysia from 1981-2003 - came out of retirement to oust scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak in an astonishing election turnaround last week.

The report found, among others things, that 1MDB used US$73 million of government funds to pay interest on its debt, which isn't in line with the fund's original goal.

Speaking to CNN's Rosemary Church, Anwar said that he "shared the jubilation" of the election win and his newfound freedom, reveling in what he said the king had called the reversal of "a clear miscarriage of justice".

Ratings agency Moody's said on Monday that there was "little clarity" on the new government's economic policy agenda and it fulfilled its campaign promises without adjustments, it would be credit negative for the economy.

"The base case is that Mahathir passes the baton to Anwar".

"My children were quite young during the earlier period of incarceration and that was a hard period for them and (his wife, Wan) Azizah", he said.

Anwar and his supporters have long denied the sodomy allegations, saying they were concocted to destroy his political career. He made his sacrifices and was maligned in the media. "He has struggled and worked indefatigably hard".

"Our litmus test has always been supporting the reform agenda". He facilitated my release. He says he will run the government for two years before turning over the reins to Anwar.

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The Prison Pardons Board is expected to convene at 11am on Wednesday, with Anwar's release expected soon after.

Anwar was convicted in 2015 on charges of corruption and sodomy that were widely denounced as politically motivated.

The volatile relationship between Mahathir and Anwar has dominated Malaysia's political landscape for over three decades and is central to the future of the alliance.

She said during the time when Dr Mahathir was the Prime Minister, and Anwar, his deputy, Malaysia was recognised by the world as "Asian Tiger". The answer might lie in his coalition's manifesto. Anwar's prison sentence ends June 8, but without a royal pardon he would be barred from politics for five years.

When asked if he might be willing to cut a deal to spare Mr Najib if he were to offer information that can recover part of the US$4.5 billion (S$6 billion) allegedly lost by 1MDB, Dr Mahathir would only say: "No deal". 1MDB said in March all its funds are fully accounted for. "Anwar bin Ibrahim", the palace said in a statement.

Mr Lim said they were unable to follow the money trail because it went outside the country. "There may be clashes between these two big personalities but (officials in their) coalition as well as the expectations of Malaysians will provide a check and balance", he said.

He will address party supporters at what is expected to be a huge rally outside the party's headquarters at 10pm tonight.

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