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Anwar marks end of political ban

Written By kadayan chronicles on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 | 15:34

Written by Giin Buagas

Kuala Lumpur: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Monday (today) celebrates his official return to the political stage, as a ban from public office expires a decade after he was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister.

The lifting of the ban marks the end of an extraordinary saga that saw Anwar convicted on sex and corruption charges and spend six years in jail, before storming back to prominence in historic March elections.

With Anwar at the helm, a reinvigorated opposition seized a third of parliamentary seats and five states in the worst ever showing for the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that has ruled for half a century.

Now the 60-year-old maverick is once again being touted as a future Prime Minister, but this time for his Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance which he has described as a "government-in-waiting."

Anwar had been expected to re-enter Parliament quickly through a by-election in one of the seats held by his Keadilan party, and to challenge Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in a symbolic no-confidence vote soon after.

But in light of the stunning and unexpected gains, although he is eligible to run for office from Tuesday, he has said he is in no hurry to act.


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And to this, he promised that if Pakatan formed the next federal government, Sabah will get up to 20 percent of royalties from petroleum and timber for the development of the state.

Anwar reiterated that Pakatan had already secured the number of MPs but Pakatan wanted to form a government with a strong majority. However, he said that any decision made by Pakatan would be done through consensus
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