Published:  12:34 AM, 13 September 2018

Anwar Ibrahim launches bid to return to parliament


Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim is aiming to make his political comeback by year-end as his party announced on Wednesday that he will contest a by-election in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

The return of Datuk Seri Anwar to politics has been widely expected, as he prepares to ascend to power as part of an agreement within the ruling Pakatan Harapan pact to make him Prime Minister in two years.

Port Dickson MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah has stepped aside to allow the former jailed leader to run in his seat. "Last night I was informed that after having discussed with party leadership, Anwar Ibrahim decided to accept my offer to ... contest in the Port Dickson constituency," Datuk Danyal said at a press conference on Wednesday. "Hence I'm now announcing my resignation as MP with immediate effect," added the first-term lawmaker.

PH had promised voters prior to the historic May general election that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be appointed Prime Minister if it won, on the agreement that Tun Dr Mahathir would hand over the post to Anwar in due course after the imprisoned leader was allowed to run in elections.

Anwar, who is president-elect of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), one of the four parties in PH, was serving a five-year jail sentence at the time. He was given a royal pardon and released from prison days after PH triumphed in the May elections.


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