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Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim becomes Malaysia PM after decades of waiting

Malaysia: Veteran opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will appointed prime minister on Thursday, capping a tumultuous political career that veered from coming close to clinching the top job on more than one occasion to spending years in prison on sodomy charges. PM Anwar Ibrahim’s swearing-in will be at 5 p.m. local time.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Malaysia: Veteran opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will appointed prime minister on Thursday, capping a tumultuous political career that veered from coming close to clinching the top job on more than one occasion to spending years in prison on sodomy charges. PM Anwar Ibrahim’s swearing-in will be at 5 p.m. local time.

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Anwar’s reformist Pakatan Harapan will lead the next government after being chosen by King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the palace said in a statement.Anwar’s appointment caps a three-decade long journey from heir apparent to a prisoner convicted of sodomy, to longtime opposition leader. The monarch intervened after no alliance secured a majority in a general election Saturday in which Anwar’s coalition won the most seats.

The 75-year-old has time and again been denied the premiership despite getting within striking distance over the years: he was deputy prime minister in the 1990s and the official prime minister-in-waiting in 2018.His Majesty reminds all quarters that whoever wins, doesn’t win all, and those who lose do not lose all,” the palace said. “The people should not be burdened by endless political turmoil as the country needs a stable government that will boost the economic landscape and national development.”

Malaysia PM Anwar Ibrahim’s reformist Pakatan Harapan will lead the next government after being chosen by King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the palace said in a statement
Veteran opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will finally become Malaysia’s prime minister, capping a tumultuous political career that veered from coming close to clinching the top job on more than one occasion to spending years in prison on sodomy charges.

It is a defining achievement for Anwar, the nearly 75-year-old figure of Malaysian politics who was seen as a successor to former premier Mahathir Mohamad in the 1990s and was set to replace him after the 2018 election, only to be elected twice To plan to know. It is also a watershed moment for Malaysian democracy after voters emphatically rejected the political old guard who had long ruled the country.

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Pakatan Harapan received the most seats in Saturday’s general elections – winning 82 out of 220 that day – but fell short of a majority, leading to the first hung parliament in the country’s history. Former premier Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional was not far behind at 73 seats, and was also trying to cobble together a government.

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