Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim released from prison after royal pardon

Mahathir Mohamad chairman of'Pakatan Harapan  during a press conference following the 14th general election

Anwar's freedom is expected to ease fears of a growing rift within the newly formed coalition government, after differences erupted between supporters of Mahathir and Anwar over cabinet positions and Anwar's role in the party.

He said: "It will not sit well with the rakyat (people) who do not want the old government to influence the new government, their participation will not be accepted".

PKR de factor leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim believes that his release from prison was due to the efforts and struggles of his supporters for the past 20 years.

Mr Mahathir has promised to step aside for Mr Anwar to become prime minister within two years.

Anwar has served three years of a five-year term for sodomy, a charge he says was trumped up by the government of ousted Prime Minister Najb Razak.

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Anwar was released from prison following the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to grant a pardon to him.

Having Anwar and ready to return to active politics "brings stability to the transition", and Weiss suggests that Mahathir may stay in place until a corruption investigation into Najib is underway and the reform process touted in his electioneering begins.

Since his defeat, there has been speculation that he and his wife might try to flee the country as the new government has vowed to investigate the massive financial scandal.

One condition for Mr Mahathir being allowed to lead the opposition coalition was that he agreed to secure a royal pardon for Mr Anwar who remained popular with his supporters. Yet rather than give up, Anwar worked from his prison cell to forge a new opposition alliance by ending the two-decade feud with Mahathir - a gamble that paid off when the alliance won the May 9 polls.

His pardon paves the way for him to dive back into national politics as the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who - in Anwar's absence - led the democratic wave that toppled the long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. "Anwar bin Ibrahim", the palace said in a statement.

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But Mr Anwar said he trusted the prime minister to pursue their shared reform agenda and had forgiven him for past transgressions.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland "is very much interested in renewing dialogue with the competent authorities in Malaysia" and "favors an exchange between partnering authorities at their earliest convenience", it said in an email. He was convicted in 2014 on a subsequent sodomy charge and jailed in 2015 when his appeal was denied.

Speaking to CNN's Rosemary Church, Anwar said that he "shared the jubilation" of the election win and his newfound freedom, reveling in what he said the king had called the reversal of "a clear miscarriage of justice". "I need to take time to be with (my) family and to travel around the country (and) overseas", he said. One said he feels they can breathe new air in Malaysia.

"The Singapore authorities have cooperated extensively with their Malaysian counterparts on their past requests for information in relation to 1MDB-related transactions and are fully prepared to extend further assistance", the agencies said.

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