Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anwar Ibrahim was in good spirits in Port Dickson on Saturday Malaysian ex-deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has won a parliamentary seat, sealing his return to front-line politics.The 71-year-old won a by-election in the town of Port Dickson on Saturday.The king granted him a full pardon in May, three…
Malaysian ex-deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has won a parliamentary seat, sealing his return to front-line politics.
The 71-year-old won a by-election in the town of Port Dickson on Saturday.
According to the Election Commission, Mr Anwar received 71% of Saturday’s votes from Port Dickson, where a member of the current coalition stepped down to allow for his accession.
Greeted by supporters at a polling station in the coastal town, Mr Anwar had told an AFP reporter: “I will see you in parliament on Monday.”
Political drama resolved?
Dr Mahathir’s election win, at the head of the then-opposition party Pakatan Harapan, ended more than six decades of rule by the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
Both he and Mr Anwar were formerly in power, as part of the BN, as PM and deputy respectively.
Mr Anwar was seen as Dr Mahathir’s heir apparent but the relationship soured when Mr Anwar was sacked in 1998 after a leadership dispute, and then jailed on corruption and sodomy charges, widely regarded as politically motivated.
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