Anwar sworn in as MP in Malaysian parliament

Anwar won a sweeping victory in a by-election on Tuesday and returns to parliament just in time to join Friday's 2009 budget announcement and debate.

Anwar sworn in as MP in Malaysian parliament

Malaysia's leading opposition figure, Anwar Ibrahim, was sworn in on Thursday, taking his parliamentary seat after a decade-long absence following convictions for sodomy and corruption.

Anwar won a sweeping victory in a by-election on Tuesday and returns to parliament just in time to join Friday's 2009 budget announcement and debate.

Before his fall from grace in the late 1990s, Anwar was deputy prime minister in the government that has ruled Malaysia for 50 years and which he now hopes to topple in a confidence vote in September.

Anwar's three-party coalition of reformers, Islamists and an ethnic Chinese party has 82 MPs in parliament and hopes to win over 30 government legislators so as to have a majority in the 222-member chamber.

But Anwar faces court on Sept. 10 to answer new charges of sodomy after allegations by a male aide. Anwar says the latest sodomy case is politically motivated and designed to scuttle his quest to lead the country and reform the economy.

He was freed from jail in 2004 after a court quashed his earlier sodomy conviction but was still banned from seeking office until April 2008.

Sodomy, even between consenting adults, is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Malaysia.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ağustos 2008, 11:23
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