January 27, 2021

Former Malaysian vice-premier celebrates his victory in the by-elections in Malaysia

Former Malaysian vice-premier celebrates his victory in the by-elections in Malaysia



The former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim celebrated his victory in the partial elections that will allow him to be named parliamentarian and to aspire in the future to become the head of Government.

"If I become number one in Malaysia, I want the country to be led by people who are not corrupt and by those who hate tyranny, love the people and distribute wealth among the people," the politician said last night, according to the Bernama news agency. .

Anwar, 71, stood for election after fellow party member Danyal Balagopal Abdullah resigned his seat to allow his return to parliament.

The former deputy prime minister won 70 percent of the votes in the elections held on Saturday in the city of Port Dickson, south of Kuala Lumpur, after defeating the other candidates, including Nazari Mokhtar of the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS). .

Anwar was deputy prime minister between 1993 and 1998, but fell out of favor with the then head of government, Mahathir Mohamad, and was imprisoned for 6 years after being accused of sodomy and corruption, although the charge of homosexual acts was finally dismissed.

After becoming leader of the opposition in 2008, Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison for new sodomy charges in 2015 during the Najib Razak government.

However, the cases of corruption under the Najib mandate caused his former mentor Mahathir to form with Anwar the Pakatan Harapan coalition (Pact for Hope) to contest the May 2017 elections.

Opponents won the election and Mahathir, 93, became prime minister, but has said he will only govern for about two years and then transfer the job to Anwar, who was released from prison last May after receiving royal pardon.

The victory of the Pakatan Harpan put an end to the uninterrupted government of the alliances led by the National Organization of the United Malays (UMNO) since the independence of Malaysia in 1957.

Najib was formally charged last July with four counts of corruption linked to the alleged embezzlement of funds of the state investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which the accused himself created after his inauguration in 2009.

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