Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim freed from jail after

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim freed from jail after

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Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from jail, paving the way for his return to politics. Once seen as a potential future leader, he had been jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption after falling out with the government. Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad sought a pardon for Anwar, which was granted. Mahathir has promised to step aside for Anwar to become prime minister within two years. The politician was jailed for a second time three years ago on what he said were trumped-up sodomy charges. For years he had been heading Malaysia’s opposition movement, which has just defeated the former ruling party for the first time in the country’s history.