Malaysia's Mahathir says king willing to grant full pardon for Anwar

Aaron Brown
May 13, 2018

The relationship between Anwar and Mahathir had remained bitter until this year, when in a bid to remove Najib, Mahathir joined the opposition to run as leader in the election.

"It is going to be a full pardon, which means not only pardoned, but he is released immediately and after that he will be free to participate fully in politics", Mahathir told reporters the day after he was sworn into office.

PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar said the paperwork will be dealt with on Monday, with the pardon to be issued on Tuesday followed by Anwar's immediate release.

Anwar, 70, has been in prison since 2015 for a second sodomy charge which leaders of the Pakatan Harapan coalition had tagged as politically motivated. He has let it be known that he will assume power... only to hand it over to a "former apprentice" who was jailed after the two fell out and still remains behind bars.

Pakatan Harapan has named Anwar as the prime minister-in-waiting, with Dr Mahathir having promised to vacate the seat once Anwar is pardoned, released and elected as a lawmaker.

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Anwar was due to be released on June 8.

Anwar, 70, is now in Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital where he has been recuperating after a surgery.

Speaking at a news conference, Mahathir also said he would announce a 10-member cabinet on Saturday, including ministers for finance, defence and home affairs. Najib's premiership has been battered by a massive financial scandal, in which he was accused of overseeing the plunder of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. "We have to do what is permitted by the laws of this country", he said. At the ripe age of 92, the very election of Mahathir Mohamad as the world's oldest Prime Minister signifies what in judicial terminology is the rarest of the rare... in the political narrative.

Mahathir said the country's attorney general was wrong to clear Najib in the 1MDB probe in 2016.

Mahathir said his government would look into measures to stabilise the ringgit, and talk to departments on what could be done.

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