Anwar set to be released tomorrow

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

"Indeed, we are going to build the government under Tun to run smoothly and change as much as we want, especially the demands for reform we have been emphasising all this time", she said after visiting Anwar at the Cheras Rehabilitation Centre here today. Wearing a white shirt printed with a photograph of Anwar and the words "March 2 Freedom", he said he nevertheless believed Anwar and Mahathir could work together and that the alliance's prospects were good.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre) speaks to reporters while leaving the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

However, Dr Mahathir, who now leads the coalition and was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, has said it may take up to two years for him to hand over the reins as he wants to stick around to fix the problems he sees plaguing the nation. He said the transfer of power should take place during the mid-term of the new government.

Devamacar Arumugam, 45, a woman wearing a sari made up of Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR) flags, said she waited all day on Tuesday and was back just after dawn on Wednesday to see him free.

Anwar was previously scheduled to be released on June 8.

Anwar, 70, is expected to be released tomorrow.

On Friday, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V had expressed his willingness to grant an immediate pardon to Anwar.

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

He was handed a five-year jail sentence in 2015 on a sodomy charge which his supporters maintain were politically motivated.

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