Con­fi­dent on han­dover:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Malaysia’s des­ig­nated prime min­is­ter-in-wait­ing, Anwar Ibrahim, said Satur­day that he has no rea­son to doubt his for­mer po­lit­i­cal neme­sis will hand over the lead­er­ship po­si­tion within two years as planned af­ter sort­ing out deep-seated is­sues like cor­rup­tion.

Anwar and Prime Min­is­ter Ma­hathir Mo­hamad put aside their 20-year feud to help their four-party al­liance win elec­tions in May, lead­ing to the coun­try’s first change of power since in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain in 1957. Anwar, 70, was con­victed of sodomy in 2015 in a case that he said was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. He was freed and par­doned by the king shortly af­ter the re­cent elec­tions. The al­liance had agreed that Ma­hathir would be prime min­is­ter and then hand over the reins to Anwar. On Satur­day, Anwar said that con­test­ing a by-elec­tion af­ter a law­maker from his party re­signed ear­lier in the week was “well within the plan” of his even­tual suc­ces­sion, but that he was in no rush to take over. (AP)


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