Malaysians celebrate Anwar Ibrahim’s rise to prime minister

‘Waited 24 years for this’: Malaysians celebrate Anwar’s Ibrahim’s rise to prime minister.

Malaysians, Anwar Ibrahim, ’s rise

The 75-year-old opposition leader secured the Southeast Asian country’s top job on Thursday after its king intervened in the political impasse that followed last weekend’s inconclusive general election and named him the country’s 10th prime minister.

It was a remarkable comeback for Anwar, who has spent nearly three decades in the opposition, including 10 years in prison on sodomy and corruption charges that he claims were politically motivated

“I was at the airport when the announcement of our 10th PM was made,” wrote Twitter user @itsraenu_. “I heard people scream and saw people smile from ear to ear.”

“Anwar’s resurgence is something to be inspired of for many coming generations to come,” wrote Twitter user @CHKen_2.  “Waited 24 years for this, went through all sorts of political backstabbing and even having to endure imprisonment – but never gave up on his principles. Keep on believing.”

Anwars resurgence is something to be inspired of for many coming generations to come. Waited 24 years for this, went through all sorts of political backstabbing and even having to endure imprisonment- but never gave up on his principles. Keep on believing. #PM10malaysia

A former deputy prime minister, Anwar looked set to take the top job in 1998 before he was sacked from the government after falling out with then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad over his handling of the Asian financial crisis. Anwar was then accused of sodomy – a crime in Malaysia – and corruption. Tens of thousands took to the streets in defence of the charismatic leader and his calls for “reformasi” or reform.

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