Malaysia's Mahathir says king willing to grant full pardon for Anwar

BP_Anwar

BP_Anwar

Anwar was jailed on sodomy charges for the second time.

It was a remarkable comeback for Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until his retirement in 2003 and is now the world's oldest leader at 92.

The newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a press conference on Friday that the King of Malaysia has indicted to pardon Anwar but did not give a date for his release.

The PKR vice-president said that paperwork for her father's royal pardon was being prepared.

Anwar was initially due to be released from prison in June. The opposition has said it will be two years before he hands over power, because Anwar will need to win a byelection first.

Mahathir said his four-party alliance will hold a meeting Saturday and name 10 ministers for a start.




The relationship between Anwar and Mahathir had remained bitter until this year, when in a bid to remove Najib, Mahathir joined the opposition to run as leader in the election.

It was the latest dramatic development after Mahathir Mohamed's alliance inflicted a shock defeat on the long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, ending the corruption-riddled regime's six-decade stranglehold on power. Malaysian Cabinets have in the past had more than 30 ministers.

"Whether Anwar will be part of the cabinet or not will be decided when the time comes", he said. Najib's premiership has been battered by a massive financial scandal, in which he was accused of overseeing the plunder of billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB. 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.

"In the case of foreign affairs, we want to maintain good relations with all countries regardless of their policies", he said.

Mahathir said the country's attorney general was wrong to clear Najib in the 1MDB probe in 2016.

Each evening at 1830 UTC, DW's editors send out a selection of the day's hard news and quality feature journalism.

Recommended News

  • USA  may help North Korean economy in possible nuclear disarmament deal

    USA may help North Korean economy in possible nuclear disarmament deal

    He added that he told Kim that the US government was prepared to provide him with "assurances", without elaborating. But, despite the optimism of that moment, all efforts to limit North Korea's nuclear program have so far failed.

    How to Watch Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town

    The Terriers are still desperate for points in their bid to stave off relegation. There are only two weeks and this season will finish.
    Israeli forces hit by 20 ROCKETS as Iran strikes back at rival

    Israeli forces hit by 20 ROCKETS as Iran strikes back at rival

    A barrage of 20 rockets was sacked Wednesday night from Syria towards Israeli military outposts in the Golan Heights. Such strikes have become more frequent recently, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and Iran.
  • Trump announces date, place for summit with Kim, greets freed men

    Trump announces date, place for summit with Kim, greets freed men

    Such a program should involve partners around the world, such as South Korea and Japan, according to the chief US diplomat. Asked if this was his proudest achievement, Trump said that would be "when we denuclearise that entire peninsula".
    Princess Charlotte's toys are

    Princess Charlotte's toys are "hand-me-downs" from older brother Prince George

    Prince William took him there along with Princess Charlotte to meet their baby brother for the first time. Prince William and Kate Middleton keep their kitchen as the main hub of their family home in Norfolk.

    RPC Group Plc (LON:RPC) Analyst Ratings as of May 6, 2018

    RPC Group Plc operates as a plastic product design and engineering firm worldwide.The company has 3.13 billion GBP market cap. Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company.
  • Armada, Mang0, ZeRo headline E3 Super Smash Bros. Invitational

    Armada, Mang0, ZeRo headline E3 Super Smash Bros. Invitational

    R - A professional Super Smash Bros . for Wii U player from the Netherlands is just waiting to unleash his world renowned Sheik. He was the runner-up at EVO Japan 2018 and was also ranked in the top five at EVO 2016 and GENESIS 4. "The Super Smash Bros ".
    We Finally Know What Baby True Thompson Looks Like

    We Finally Know What Baby True Thompson Looks Like

    She followed it up with a message of gratitude to her fans for all the love and support they've shown since her baby was born. Next, Ryan Seacrest asks if there is any part of her that roots for Khloe and Tristan to make their relationship work.
    Switzerland: 104-year-old man ends life on his own terms

    Switzerland: 104-year-old man ends life on his own terms

    Australia's oldest scientist Professor David Goodall has ended his life at a Swiss clinic. Switzerland is the only country that offers these services to foreigners.
  • Meghan McCain slams Kelly Sadler for joke about dad's cancer

    Meghan McCain slams Kelly Sadler for joke about dad's cancer

    Biden comforted Meghan McCain past year about her father's illness and recently visited the elder McCain at his home in Arizona. She went on to thank those who shared well wishes for her father and how her father's career and character have made her proud.
    JD Martinez homer helps Red Sox salvage finale vs. Yankees

    JD Martinez homer helps Red Sox salvage finale vs. Yankees

    Louis Cardinals are now top dogs following a weekend sweep of the rival Chicago Cubs . "Definitely huge", Martinez said. After Martinez homered, Kelly created more trouble with a leadoff walk and two-out single in the bottom of the frame.
    India's Lahiri hopes to regain form at PLAYERS Championship

    India's Lahiri hopes to regain form at PLAYERS Championship

    Jason Day - The 2016 victor was very impressive last week in his Wells Fargo win, despite some iffy driving in the final round. On Wednesday, Tony Johnson and his wife, Marise, had their chairs staked out in a prime spot on the famous par-3 17th hole.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.