Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate for Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), celebrate the victory in general election outside the hotel, where Mahathir Mohamad held news conference, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Anwar emerged from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday after Malaysia's Pardon Board, which included the current King, made a decision to overturn the 2015 conviction, which is widely accepted to be politically motivated. Once a high flyer in the ruling party, Anwar was convicted of homosexual sodomy and corruption after a power struggle with Mahathir in 1998.
He is prime minister-in-waiting but unlikely to take over quickly from Mahathir.
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As part of their arrangement, Mahathir has pledged to step down in a year or two and to help create a path for Anwar to become premier.
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"By declassifying the file, Dr Mahathir is showing Malaysia and the world that he means business and is very serious in getting to the bottom of 1MDB", says Ahmad Martadha Mohamed, an associate professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia.
Officials in Anwar's political party said he was headed to an audience with Malaysia's king and was expected to address the public in the afternoon followed by a political rally in the evening.
Mr Anwar always denied the charges and claimed he was a victim of a political conspiracy. Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah, was appointed Malaysia's new deputy prime minister by Mahathir on Saturday.
The former prime minister has been blacklisted from leaving the country and on Monday Mahathir announced he would replace the attorney-general who cleared Najib in the 1MDB scandal in 2016 after a royal Saudi family member said the money was a personal donation to Najib.
Abdul Gani was heading the special task force investigating the RM2.6 billion in the former prime minister's bank account and the SRC International case. Yet rather than give up, Anwar worked from his prison cell to forge a new opposition alliance by ending the two-decade feud with Mahathir - a gamble that paid off when the alliance won the May 9 polls. He was later produced in court with a black eye from a beating by the police chief.
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Anwar will travel directly to the palace after his release.
The opposition alliance united by Anwar brought together odd bedfellows: an ethnic Chinese pro-democracy party, the conservative Islamic PAS, and Anwar's own racially diverse party.
Mahathir, 92, said he thought that "in a short while" the government could have a case against his predecessor, Najib Razak, who has been dogged by a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Najib denies any wrongdoing in connection with losses at the fund.
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