Anwar to be released Tuesday, says Nurul Izzah

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader to be freed, granted full pardon on Tuesday

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is set to be released from custody on Tuesday, and granted a full royal pardon, local media reported.

At 92, Mahathir is the world's oldest elected leader.

It was a second spell in prison for Anwar, a former deputy prime minister in the defeated ruling party who was also imprisoned under Mahathir in 1998 following a power struggle.

This means a full pardon.

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah was asked to comment on a Sinar Harian report which quoted her as saying that Anwar would be released today. If indeed Anwar Ibrahim helms the government in due course of time, Mahathir will sacrifice the chance to right the wrongs that he was responsible for.

Anwar was released from jail in 2004 and became a powerful figure in the opposition, running against Najib in the 2013 election.

Malaysiakini added that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be visiting Anwar soon at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, where he is recovering from an operation.

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When Mahathir first served as prime minister, between 1981 and 2003, Anwar was his protege and seen as his natural successor.

Anwar, 70, has been recuperating in Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital after undergoing surgery.

Dr Mahathir said he will announce a Cabinet on Saturday that would include himself, Wan Azizah and 10 others, including the ministers for finance, foreign affairs, defence and home affairs.

"Mahathir has proven his tenacity, accepted past limitations, apologised and sacrificed his time and energy to raise the dignity of the people and the country", Anwar said. "We do not want to favour any country, we want to ensure that the market for Malaysia is as large as possible".

Anwar and Mahathir, former allies and then implacable foes, joined hands to contest this week's election and oust the administration of Najib Razak. "He has, in fact, hidden evidence of wrongdoing and that is wrong in law", Mahathir said.

Malaysian markets were closed on Friday and will reopen on Monday, but overseas investors were nervous about Najib's ouster after a decade in office.

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