Malaysian former deputy PM Anwar to be released on Wednesday

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Earlier, when met, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said Anwar will be released from the rehabilitation hospital tomorrow upon the pardons board's decision.

He's expected to succeed the country's new leader Mahathir Mohamad, who won last week's election in a shock upset.

Rahman Roslan/Getty ImagesLeader of Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, Wan Azizah greet their supporters after casting their votes on May 5, 2013 in Penanti, Penang, Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory.

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Anwar began serving a five-year jail sentence in February 2015 after the Malaysian federal court upheld his conviction and sentence on a charge of having sodomised a former personal aide.

Following the charge, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from Cabinet and it then triggered the formation of PKR and the reformasi movement.

She said during the time when Dr Mahathir was the Prime Minister, and Anwar, his deputy, Malaysia was recognised by the world as "Asian Tiger". Party spokesman Fahmi Fadzil says he has been pardoned by the king.

"On our promise to get a pardon for Anwar, it will continue, but the process will be followed", Dr Mahathir said yesterday.

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The 92-year-old former-PM was also the man responsible for putting Anwar in jail the first time around back in 1999 during Dr Mahathir's first stint in the prime minister's role between 1981 to 2003.

Dr Wan Azizah was asked to comment on a foreign media report quoting Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin that it would be foolish to make Anwar prime minister as soon as he returned to Parliament.

Despite past hostilities between Anwar and Mahathir, the two agreed to work together to oust former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Following an appeal of the acquittal of those charges he was convicted again and jailed in 2015.

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Anwar said that after working with Mahathir for many years he understands "that he cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia".

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