5000 turn up to greet Anwar at Padang Timur, PJ

5000 turn up to greet Anwar at Padang Timur, PJ

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's long-time opposition leader, walked free from jail on Wednesday after he was pardoned by the king for a sodomy conviction.

Anwar was initially scheduled to be released on June 10, 2018, after his five-year sentence that started on Feb 10, 2015 was reduced for good behaviour.

Mahathir briefly mentioned Anwar's future political role, saying he is not a member of the government but will have a role to play within the party. "I must thank the people of Malaysia. regardless of race and religion, who stood by the principles of democracy and freedom". "Today is a historic day with Anwar's release and will get even better".

His wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads Anwar's party, is now the new Deputy Prime Minister.

Mahathir Mohamad, a former leader of the Barisan Nasional (BN) party, came out of retirement and went head-to-head against his protege Najib Razak for the position of prime minister.

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Anwar was a firebrand Islamist student activist before his entry into politics, and had served 20 months in jail in the 1970s after being detained without trial for his activism.

Unity between Mr Mahathir and Mr Anwar is necessary for the government to move quickly to implement election promises.

His release is a moment to celebrate for a group which labored in opposition for decades and faced constant pressure from those in office - he's been jailed twice on sodomy convictions and also for abuse of power.

Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for one to two years, but has signaled that the reins would be turned over to Anwar eventually.

Wednesday's scenes made it clear that Anwar - who said he had received congratulatory calls from around the world including old friend and former USA vice president Al Gore - had lost little of his star power.

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Yesterday (May 15), Dr Mahathir in announcing Anwar's release, said that the 70-year-old would have to contest a parliamentary seat after being pardoned and could then possibly be appointed to the Cabinet. "I can not complain very much", he said. "I don't think I would be seen as hasty or to demand for an immediate timeframe", he said, adding that Dr Mahathir has the prerogative to decide on Cabinet appointments.

On Tuesday, Mahathir said he expected to be prime minister for one or two more years. Anwar became Mahathir's heir apparent, but they fell out during the 1998 Asian financial crisis and Anwar was sacked. Mahathir on Saturday named the finance, home affairs and defence ministers, who are leaders in his four-party alliance.

PKR Youth Chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the Pakatan Harapan government now had a big responsibility to implement Reformasi now that they held power at the federal level.

"Bury the hatchet? It's been a long time already", Anwar said, when asked about Mahathir.

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