Auf und Ab im Leben von Anwar Ibrahim
May 16, 2018 -- Malaysiens Reformer-Ikone Anwar Ibrahim wurde nach Begnadigung durch den König aus dem Gefängnis entlassen. Somit wird aus dem politischen Gefangenen ein Anwärter auf das Amt des Premierministers nach dem Überraschungssieg des 92-jährigen Premiers Mahathir Mohamad in der letzten Woche.
Anwar spent nine of the past 20 years in prison on charges he insists were politically motivated, having been jailed on two occasions, the first time by Mahathir in 1998.
His sentence was set to end June 8 but last week’s unexpected election win, which ended the National Front’s 60-year rule, led to his swift release.
Ensuring the full royal pardon of Anwar was a key part of the agreement between Mahathir and the opposition when it was decided in January he would swap sides and run as their leader in the election, united by a joint desire to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.