Anwar Ibrahim makes by-election comeback
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.