Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won a parliamentary seat Saturday, returning to politics just months after receiving a royal pardon for sodomy.
According to state news agency Bernama, 71-year-old Anwar won a special by-election in the town of Port Dickinson. He'll be sworn into office on Monday.
Continents and regions
Government and public administration
Amnesty and pardons
Crime, law enforcement and corrections
Law and legal system
His victory means Anwar, once a voice of reform in Malaysia and former Deputy Prime Minister, is one step away from succeeding Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Bernama reported.
The seat Anwar won was up for grabs after the incumbent, 68-year-old Danyal Balagopal, vacated the seat on September 12 so Anwar could make his return to parliament, Bernama reported.
Anwar was jailed on a sodomy conviction in 2015 and received a pardon from Malaysia's king in May. He had been slated to serve 5 years in prison on the sodomy charges, which he said were politically motivated.
After his early release, it was believed Anwar was "impatient" to jump back into politics, Meredith Weiss, professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany, said at the time.
Mahatir, the nonagenarian prime minister, has pledged to hand over power within two years.
- Malaysia politician Anwar Ibrahim returns to politics
- Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim walks free after royal pardon
- Malaysia's new PM says Anwar Ibrahim will be given royal pardon
- Malaysia's Ibrahim: We need to get back our money
- Ibrahim al-Jaafari Fast Facts
- Malaysia Fast Facts
- Can Malaysia's unlikely political double act score election triumph?
- Malaysia's Najib Razak is in a fight for his political life
- Malaysia sets election date for May 9
- Malaysia repeals controversial fake news law