Anwar Ibrahim has won the parliamentary seat of the multiracial constituency of Port Dickson in a by-election receiving 71% of votes and is set to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Anwar campaigned hard preparing for the election promising voters development, clean government and a boost to local tourism.
Malaysia is multicultural country of more than 30 million people, mostly Malay Muslims with substantial number of ethnic Chinese and Indians.
Anwar started as a leader of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) during the 1970’s and then joined PM Mahathir Mohammad during the 1980’s to eventually become Deputy Prime Minister.
There was a fall out between the two in 1998 where Anwar subsequently was imprisoned on multiple politically motivated charges of sodomy to keep him away from politics for almost two decades.
Earlier this year Mahathir, 93 joined politics again in order to oust the corrupt government of PM Najib and formed a coalition with Anwar’s Part to fight elections.
The Malaysian opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dr Wan Azizah, wife of Anwar Ibrahim were voted into power in a surprise election victory on Wednesday 9 May 2018 winning 121 seats out of a total of 222.
Mahathir was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia and Dr Wan Azizah as the Deputy Prime Minister. As agreed between the two leaders, Dr Mahathir was instrumental in obtaining a swift full pardon for Anwar who was released from Jail mid-May.
Dr Mahathir has promised that in accordance with the agreement he will step aside within two years paving for Anwar to take over the Prime Minister’s position.
Mahathir has said he expects to be in office for at least two years and will keep his promise to hand over power to Anwar.
Anwar has said he wants to focus on parliamentary reforms and will not interfere in Mahathir’s governance.