Anwar to be pardoned and out on Tuesday

Malaysia's Mahathir Eyes Speedy Pardon for Foe-Turned Ally Anwar

Anwar was previously imprisoned for six years after being overthrown as deputy prime minister in 1998 on earlier charges of sodomising his former family driver and abusing his power.

Malaysiakini added that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be visiting Anwar soon at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, where he is recovering from an operation.

Anwar was charged in 2008 with sodomy.

Under Malaysian law, unless he is pardoned by the king, Anwar would be disqualified for five years from running for office after his release.




Mahathir - who had retired in 2003 as premier but made a comeback in a bid to oust the coalition he once headed - was sworn in Thursday, becoming the world's oldest elected leader at 92. "Freedom is easier [than getting a pardon]".

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. However, this is the first time she is leading an election campaign since 2004. He said he doesn't want a "huge" cabinet, in a veiled reference to past cabinets with more than 30 ministers.

He said that this means that the prime minister can not come from the Senate and that someone would have to resign from their seat to enable Anwar to contest in a by-election after his disqualification is lifted. He indicated this could include Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali, who was appointed after Najib sacked the then-attorney general in 2015 to escape possible prosecution over a corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund. 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. "He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law", Mahathir said.

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