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16 May 2018, 07:29 | Erica Roy
Pakatan Harapan intends for Anwar to be elected to Parliament and made prime minister following his pardon
Anwar, 70, was due to be released from the Sungai Buloh prison on June 8, with time off for good behaviour.
Mr Anwar began his five-year jail sentence in February 2015 after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict on the charge of sodomising his former personal assistant.
Anwar expressed confidence that he would be able to work with the 92-year-old former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad - his ally turned foe turned ally - who led the opposition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition to victory.
Following the charge, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from Cabinet and it then triggered the formation of PKR and the reformasi movement.
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from jail, paving the way for his return to politics.
The process of freeing PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim may be "slightly" delayed, according to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Once discussions are finalised with the Pardons Board, Anwar will be released from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital, says daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar. He will meet with the king at the national palace and then speak to supporters at a rally on Wednesday evening. It was the second time he had been convicted of a sodomy offense. He was previously the deputy prime minister under Mahatir, who led the country for 22 years until 2003.
Dr Wan Azizah was asked to comment on a foreign media report quoting Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin that it would be foolish to make Anwar prime minister as soon as he returned to Parliament.
He was jailed again in 2015, under the reign of Najib Razak.
In an ominous sign for the former prime minister, Najib and his wife Rosmah were slapped with a travel ban by Malaysia's Immigration Department on Saturday, which stopped the couple from leaving for Jakarta.
Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, campaigned alongside Mahathir and was sworn in on Thursday as Malaysia's first deputy prime minister.
Anwar said that after working with Mahathir for many years he understands "that he cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia". But Anwar needs to win a by-election to become a parliamentary member first.
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