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Malaysia's King Agrees To Pardon Jailed Opposition Figure After Mahathir's Election Win

Malaysia's King Agrees To Pardon Jailed Opposition Figure After Mahathir's Election Win

Mr Anwar's imminent release for a return to politics was confirmed by his daughter, Nurul Izzah, who said that the jailed opposition leader was expected to be freed "in the next few days".

Anwar and Mr Mahathir joined forces in an unlikely alliance that helped the opposition nail the electoral victory.

"It is going to be a full pardon which of course means that he should not only be pardoned, he should be released immediately when he is pardoned".

United States President Donald Trump has congratulated Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on having been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's seventh prime minister Thursday following his stunning election victory over the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for six decades since independence from Britain.

Mr Ibrahim watched the swearing-in ceremony of Dr Mohamad from a prison hospital, filmed by a member of his party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

However, he has pledged to grant jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim a royal pardon and eventually pass the premiership on to him.

'We need to have this government today without delay, ' said Dr Mahathir.

"The new government vows to uphold democracy, justice and human rights for all", said the statement, delivered by vice-president of his party, Tian Chua, who was visiting the leader in hospital.

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Outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak said he "accepted the verdict of the people", but did not initially concede defeat as no party won a clear majority.

Under Malaysia's election rules, the king picks the next prime minister.

Malaysian King Muhammad V Of Kelantan.

Dozens of people gathered at a small airport just outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday after reports that ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was scheduled to fly from there to Jakarta with his wife.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the election of Mahathir bodes well for continued strong bilateral ties between the Philippines and Malaysia.

"You can be reassured that we will go after 1MDB", the lawmaker said.

But for the opposition, he proved to be the flawless standard-bearer to take on Najib.

The national stock market was set to be closed on Thursday and Friday after Mahathir declared a public holiday, but the ringgit currency weakened in offshore trading.

The new government would look into clawing back money allegedly looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, he said.


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