>> Malaysia's king granted a full pardon to jailed reformist Anwar Abraham on Wednesday after his alliances shocked victory in the general election. The 70-year-old politician was jailed four years ago on his second sodomy charge which he says was politically motivated. On Wednesday, he walked free out of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, where he'd been undergoing treatment for his shoulder.
According to Anwar's daughter, the pardon was based on the grounds that the conviction was a miscarriage of justice and makes him eligible to participate in politics again. This marks the first big win for the country's new leader Mahathir Mohamad, who's believed to have secured Anwar's release, fulfilling a major pledge he made during his campaign.
The two former enemies had joined forces to oust leader Najib Razak. Conflict between the two has dominated Malaysian politics for over 30 years and is central to the future of their alliance. The 92-year-old Mahathir has also vowed to enable Anwar's release and eventually step aside for Anwar to become prime minister.
But on Tuesday, he said he expected to stay in power a little longer.>> Maybe lasting one or two years, I will be the prime minister and I will run the country.>> That set off talks of differences between the two among Anwar's supporters.>> I believe we want him to be our prime minister.
Anwar's freedom is expected to soothe tensions in the new coalition government after differences erupted over. Whose supporters would sit in the cabinet and questions over Anwar's role in the ruling alliance.