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Feeling 'vindicated,' Malaysia's Anwar takes lawmaker oath

Oct. 15, 2018 1:53 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim said he felt "vindicated" after taking his oath as a lawmaker Monday, marking his return to active politics three years after he was imprisoned for sodomy in a charge that critics said was politically motivated. The swearing-in...

Malaysia PM-in-waiting Anwar wins parliamentary by-election

Oct. 13, 2018 11:02 AM EDT

PORT DICKSON, Malaysia (AP) — Charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory on Saturday in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Anwar was designated as Mahathir's...

The Latest: Malaysia's PM-in-waiting wins landslide victory

Oct. 13, 2018 9:51 AM EDT

PORT DICKSON, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on Malaysia's by-election (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime...

Malaysian PM campaigns for successor and former foe Anwar

Oct. 9, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

PORT DICKSON, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is campaigning for his designated successor and former foe Anwar Ibrahim, urging voters to support his return to active politics. Mahathir's appearance at a late night political rally Monday marked the first time in two decades that...

Malaysia's Anwar in multi-cornered race for Parliament seat

Sep. 29, 2018 1:35 AM EDT

PORT DICKSON, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday kicked off his campaign for a by-election in coming weeks but faces a multi-cornered fight in his bid to return to active politics. The by-election followed the resignation of a lawmaker to make way for Anwar's...

SE Asia microcosm: 2 contrasting leaders address the UN

Sep. 28, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two veteran Southeast Asian leaders who appeared at the United Nations on Friday present a microcosm of a dynamic region enjoying rapid economic growth but struggling to fan away egregious human rights problems that follow it like a bad smell. On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir...

Malaysia's Mahathir: A portrait of the premier as an old man

Sep. 28, 2018 8:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For a few seconds Thursday, Mahathir Mohamad looked his age. The 93-year-old once and current prime minister of Malaysia wobbled a bit as he clasped the railing, cautiously mounted the four stairs leading to the stage in the bowels of the Asia Society and shuffled over to the podium. Then...

Malaysia's Anwar confident PM handover will go as planned

Sep. 15, 2018 5:48 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Malaysia's designated prime minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim, said Saturday that he has no reason to doubt his former political nemesis will hand over the leadership position within two years as planned after sorting out deep-seated issues like corruption. Anwar and Prime Minister...

Malaysian PM voices support for Anwar's return as lawmaker

Sep. 14, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday he endorsed a move by his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim, to contest a by-election to return as a lawmaker, and reiterated that he would keep his word to hand over power to Anwar. Anwar and Mahathir put aside their...

Malaysian ex-PM's lawyer charged with money laundering

Sep. 13, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A top lawyer for former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged Thursday with receiving 9.5 million ringgit ($2.3 million) in ill-gotten wealth from his client, who is himself accused of money laundering and corruption. Muhammad Shafee Abdullah was arrested and...