An­war Ibrahim makes by-election come­back

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Malaysian politi­cian An­war Ibrahim won a by-election yes­ter­day in a po­lit­i­cal come­back to help him to pre­pare for his takeover from Prime Min­is­ter Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad. An­war was des­ig­nated as Dr Ma­hathir’s suc­ces­sor af­ter the two men set aside a bit­ter feud and joined hands to win a stun­ning vic­tory in May’s gen­eral election. Mr An­war could not take part in the election be­cause of a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion – a charge that he al­leged was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated – but he was freed and re­ceived a royal par­don days af­ter the polls. He was once a high-fly­ing mem­ber of the for­mer rul­ing coali­tion but was con­victed of cor­rup­tion and other charges af­ter a power strug­gle with Dr Ma­hathir.

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