Malaysia's Mahathir plans lean cabinet, seeks Anwar's pardon

Malaysia elections: PM-in-waiting Anwar watches Mahathir swearing in from hospital

Mahathir's deputy in the new government is Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Anwar's wife and the leader of his People's Justice Party. Mahathir previously said he would likely remain prime minister for two to three years, before transferring power to Anwar.

Rafizi Ramli says nothing has been finalised, and that Mahathir is till in talks with Anwar Ibrahim.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V was prepared to give immediate full pardon to Anwar who is now serving a jail sentence.

When asked if Anwar would be getting a full pardon, she answered "Yes".

Mahathir today also announced a council of senior advisers to help the new government. Mahathir had Anwar imprisoned for the first time on fake sodomy charges in 1998.

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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.

Mahathir has promised to eventually hand the premiership over to Anwar, his former nemesis turned ally in an opposition alliance formed to take on scandal-plagued former prime minister Najib Razak.

Counter to most expectations, the Pakatan Harapan alliance succeeded in ending more than 60 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional or National Front by winning a majority in elections earlier this week.

"Whether Anwar will be part of the cabinet or not will be decided when the time comes", he said.

Mahathir said the country's attorney general was wrong to clear Najib in the 1MDB probe in 2016. It was a major issue in the run-up to the election and played a major role in the ouster of Najib, Mahathir's former protegé. You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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