© Reuters. Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim attends a press conference outside the National Palace, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 22, 2022. REUTERS/Hasnoor Hussain
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was appointed prime minister on Thursday, the Sultan’s palace said, and will be sworn in at 5pm (0900 GMT).
Saturday’s general election ended in an unprecedented parliament without two major coalitions, one led by Anwar and the other former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, able to secure enough seats in parliament to form a government.
Anwar’s appointment marks the end of a decade-long journey from heir apparent to convicted sodomy prisoner to longtime opposition leader.
The 75-year-old has been repeatedly rejected for leadership despite having served far and wide over the years: he was deputy prime minister in the 1990s and prime minister-in-waiting in 2018.
In between, he spent nearly a decade in prison for immorality and corruption in what he says was a politically motivated attempt to end his career.