- Anwar Ibrahim has been tapped to be the subsequent Malaysian prime minister.
- He had a rollercoaster journey to the top, after spending years in jail on sodomy and corruption costs.
- He finally landed the job on Thursday, after 20 years of main Malaysia’s opposition.
Malaysia’s new prime minister has had a wild journey to the top — he finally clinched the top job on Thursday after spending years in jail and 20 years as Malaysia’s opposition chief.
The events vying for energy have been the Pakatan Harapan alliance, led by Anwar, and ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional coalition. Neither coalition was in a position to attain the easy majority of 112 seats required to type authorities after Saturday’s vote.
Malaysia’s King Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah intervened after coalition talks failed, and spoke to Malaysia’s 9 state monarchs to determine a means out of their predicament.
The sultan made an announcement on Thursday for there to be a unity government in Malaysia, with Anwar as its chief. This ended the political impasse between the two main political alliances.
“After going through the views of the other Malay rulers, HRH has granted his consent to appoint DS Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister,” the palace stated in a press release seen by the South China Morning Post.
“HRH reminds all parties that the winners do not win all and the losers do not lose everything,” the assertion learn.
Anwar has spent 20 years vying for the top job
Anwar was Malaysia’s deputy prime minister in the Nineteen Nineties, serving beneath then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He was sacked by Mahathir in 1998, and later arrested and charged with crimes together with sodomy and corruption.
In 1999, he was convicted on a corruption charge and sentenced to 6 years in jail. Then in 2000, he was convicted on a sodomy cost and given a 9 yr jail sentence. He was freed in 2004 after being acquitted of that sodomy cost.
Anwar has constantly denied these charges and referred to as them politically motivated.
Anwar received a royal pardon in May 2018, after Pakatan Harapan received the election that yr.
Malaysia is now set to swear in its new prime minister at 5 p.m. native time on Thursday.