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In Malaysia, the successor to the Prime Minister may be a former defendant in the case of corruption

Источник фото: Euronews

In Malaysia, the former Deputy current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad Anwar Ibrahim, who served several years on suspicion of corruption in jail , won a decisive victory in the parliamentary by-elections. Thus, it opens the way to its own return to the forefront of political activity in the country.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad considers Anwar, who was previously Deputy Prime Minister, his own successor. On the last Saturday plus the election of Anwar, which is almost considered a favourite member of the ruling coalition of the Party of ethnic loyalty, with a big advantage given the mandate in Parliament in the seaside metropolis of Port Dickson. His competitors were six other contenders. Anwar told reporters that he had won by a greater margin than he had expected, and that he wanted to thank his own supporters. He also said that he was enthusiastic about the future and that his task was to carry out parliamentary reforms as a member of the ruling coalition, The star reports.

In 1998, charges were brought against Anwar of corruption and nepotism. Then the book “50 reasons why Anwar cannot become Prime Minister”was also distributed. One of the statements contained in the book was about the homosexuality of Anwar Ibrahim. In 1999, Anwar Ibrahim was convicted of corruption and homosexuality and sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to a police check of the book. In 2003, after the change of government, Ibrahim was cleared of all charges, but only in 2004 he was released.