Anwar set to be released tomorrow

Anwar set to be released tomorrow

Anwar Ibrahim, who is tapped by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to be his successor, is expected to be released on Wednesday, after the Malaysian head of state grants him a full pardon, Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported on Tuesday.

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

Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for up to two years but has signalled the reins would be turned over to the Anwar eventually.

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

Smiling and looking spry in a tailored black suit, Anwar emerged from a Kuala Lumpur hospital where he had undergone surgery for a shoulder problem, giving a thumbs-up to a crowd of journalists before leaving in a convoy of cars without making any public comment.

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.

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A royal pardon would reverse Mr Anwar's conviction and make him eligible to actively participate in politics.

The 92-year-old former autocrat Mahathir had headed the now-ousted Barisan Nasional regime for 22 years until 2003 but came out of retirement to lead a disparate opposition to an unexpected election victory.

"I will continue to ensure that the current prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) fulfils the promises for reforms he has made and we will ensure there are proper checks and balances".

In 2015, Anwar was sentenced to five years' jail after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict.

Mr Anwar, who was serving his sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison, had been scheduled to be freed on June 8.

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