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Anwar's return to electoral politics - marathon or obstacle course?

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's perennial prime minister-in-waiting is taking his first formal step towards the prime ministership of the country by running for the parliamentary seat of Port Dickson. The by-election was called when the sitting MP for that constituency, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) member Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, gave up his seat to allow Mr Anwar to contest.

Despite his reputation and stature, the senior politician had been unable to take part in the general election in May as he was serving a five-year prison sentence for sodomy. Following his release and formal pardon, Mr Anwar will now be able to assume the prime ministership if he wins the by-election and if the current prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, makes way for him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2018, with the headline 'Anwar's return to electoral politics - marathon or obstacle course?'. Subscribe