World Anwar Ibrahim confident Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad will hand over top job

08:10  17 may  2018
08:10  17 may  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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In a game using democracy, Mahathir Mohamed , seen as the architect of modern Malaysia , has proved invincible. The first casualty was his close ally and deputy prime minister , Anwar Ibrahim whose wings were clipped in 1998.

Dr Mahathir was also known for his heavy- handed approach, which saw opponents imprisoned and courts subjugated. Most famously, he fell out with his deputy prime minister , Anwar Ibrahim , during the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and sacked him in 1998.

Anwar Ibrahim spoke to ABC South-East correspondent Adam Harvey shortly after he was released and pardoned.© Provided by ABC News Anwar Ibrahim spoke to ABC South-East correspondent Adam Harvey shortly after he was released and pardoned.

Former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he is confident Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad will keep his promise of handing over the top job in coming years.

Mr Anwar, Dr Mahathir's ally-turned-foe-turned-ally, was released from prison and received a full pardon from the King on Wednesday.

While he forgave both Dr Mahathir and former prime minister Najib Razak for putting him in jail, he told the ABC being away from his family was "sickening".

"Oh my God. It's certainly tough to see your children grow up without their father, and then now start having grandchildren without their grandpa," he said.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday the country’s monarch had indicated he was willing to grant a full pardon to jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim . Malaysia 's Mahathir says king willing to grant full pardon for Anwar . Previous.

Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia ’s seventh Prime Minister on Thursday evening, after a short delay by the King, Sultan Muhammad V. Although Mahathir is the current Prime Minister , he has been picked by the Pakatan Harapan alliance on the understanding that he will hand over the

"This is sickening to my mind, it should not have happened, it should not have happened to anyone."

Mr Anwar said he welcomed his release and that his walk into freedom was "indescribable".

"You only have to experience incarceration and insult to realise the importance and significance of freedom," he said.

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Soon after becoming Prime Minister , Mahathir strengthened his office by dramatically reducing the power of the sultans who ruled Malaysia ’s states. In July 2005, Malaysia scrapped the ringgit’s peg to the dollar which had been in place since 1998. Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim .

Mahathir was Malaysia ’s prime minister for 22 years till 2003. Mahathir stated the brand new authorities would search the discharge and full pardon of Anwar Ibrahim , an opposition icon imprisoned on sodomy expenses that Anwar and his supporters stated have been fabricated by the

"We've been fighting to ensure that there's democratic transition, democratic accountability in this country, and this country must mature as a democracy."

Anwar Ibrahim.© AAP Image/Dean Lewins Anwar Ibrahim.

Mr Anwar is set to replace Dr Mahathir as Prime Minister under a deal arranged before the election.

No date has been set for the transfer of leadership, but it is widely expected to take at least a year.

Mr Anwar said he had no doubt about Dr Mahathir's sincerity and that he trusted him.

"You've seen [Dr Mahathir's] pronouncements and … more important is that he's seen to be adopting the reform agenda; talking about judicial reform, taking action against excesses and corrupt officials," he said.

"I think people would recognise that this is a new Mahathir, rejuvenated, and at his age, 92, is keen to do it fast, and I think we should give him that recognition."

Dr Mahathir came out of retirement and teamed up with the opposition and Mr Anwar in a bid to oust Mr Razak, tainted by a corruption scandal.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia ’s new prime minister , Mahathir Mohamad, said on Friday that the country’s king had agreed to pardon the imprisoned opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim , potentially clearing the way for fulfilling one of the central pledges of Mr. Mahathir ’s campaign this year.

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Mr Anwar said he believed it was a combination of factors that led to Pakatan Harapan's victory.

He pointed to the country's economy and GST as key issues and said people finally decided "enough was enough".

"1MBD became a very strong issue because it affected and compromised the key institutions of governance; the judiciary, the anti-corruption agency, the enforcement authorities, so that became a compelling story for us," he said.

"The more compelling case is the economic hardships faced by the people and there's of course this gap between the impressive pronouncements about economic growth and registering phenomenal increase in investments and the ... realities of huge inequality."

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