Opposition leader Anwar named next Malaysia PM
Malaysia's perennial opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was named prime minister on Thursday (Nov 24),...
Malaysia's perennial opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was named prime minister on Thursday (Nov 24), ending a days-long political impasse after inconclusive election results.
The 75-year-old was scheduled to be sworn in at 5:00 pm (0900 GMT), becoming the country's fourth leader in as many years.
His ascension will cap a turbulent political life for Anwar—which has not only propelled him into the corridors of power but also landed him inside a jail cell on corruption and sodomy charges.
"After taking into consideration the views of Their Royal Highnesses the Malay Rulers, His Majesty has given consent to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia," read a statement from the palace of the king, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah.
In the capital Kuala Lumpur, Anwar supporters were in celebratory mood.