PH govt in no hurry to make Anwar PM

Pardons Board meets tomorrow on Anwar's release

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory.

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is officially released from imprisonment today.

"On our promise to get a pardon for Anwar, it will continue, but the process will be followed", Dr Mahathir said yesterday.

Anwar emerged from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday after Malaysia's Pardon Board, which included the current King, made a decision to overturn the 2015 conviction, which is widely accepted to be politically motivated.

The ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, for which PKR is the lead party, plans to make Anwar prime minister once he has successfully won a by-election for a parliamentary seat, making him eligible for the premiership.

"It has never been about our father but doing it because it is right", she said when met at the hospital, where Anwar has been undergoing treatment following surgery.

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Mr Anwar, 70, is serving a second five-year jail term for sodomy.

The 92-year-old former-PM was also the man responsible for putting Anwar in jail the first time around back in 1999 during Dr Mahathir's first stint in the prime minister's role between 1981 to 2003.

On Monday, Datuk Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz, Comptroller of the Royal Household, said Malaysia's King Sultan Muhammad V had consented that all procedures regarding the Pardons Board proceedings on Mr Anwar be finalised on May 16. He and his supporters have said the charges are politically motivated.

He was scheduled to be released from the Sungai Buloh prison on June 8 on good behaviour.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the new administration under Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would strive to ensure the smooth running of the country.

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