Anwar to be released Tuesday, says Nurul Izzah

Anwar to be released Tuesday, says Nurul Izzah

In 1999, however, when it seemed he was getting too powerful, Mahathir had him jailed on sodomy charges.

At 92, he is the world's oldest elected leader.

There is little doubt that royalty has readily concurred with his plan of action, one that reaffirms the truism that there are no permanent enemies in politics ~ "The king has indicated he is willing to pardon Anwar immediately", said Mahathir.

Anwar is in custody on charges of sodomy and corruption and can not take any office until he is pardoned and released.

He didn't say how long the process will take and whether Anwar could be freed before his sentence ends on June 8.

A video of Anwar watching from his hospital room the swearing-in ceremony of Dr Mahathir as prime minister on Thursday went viral on social media. He has let it be known that he will assume power... only to hand it over to a "former apprentice" who was jailed after the two fell out and still remains behind bars.

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Mahathir said he will announced a cabinet on Saturday that would include himself, Wan Azizah and 10 others, including the ministers for finance, foreign affairs, defence and home affairs. If indeed Anwar Ibrahim helms the government in due course of time, Mahathir will sacrifice the chance to right the wrongs that he was responsible for.

"Whether Anwar will be part of the cabinet or not will be decided when the time comes", he said.

Mahathir has vowed to reassure financial markets and return billions of dollars lost in a graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was a major factor in the election and in the ouster of Najib, Mahathir's predecessor and former protege.

Anger over the 1MDB scandal prompted Mahathir to emerge from retirement and sparked the anger that helped to oust Najib's coalition. "We have to do what is permitted by the laws of this country", Mahathir said.

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