Anwar disqualified as Member of Parliament after royal pardon rejected

Anwar disqualified as Member of Parliament after royal pardon rejected

KUALA LUMPUR - Anwar Ibrahim has been disqualified as Permatang Pauh MP, and a notice of vacancy of the Parliament seat has been issued to the Election Commission (EC).

In confirming this via a statement, Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said on Wednesday that he received a letter from the Pardons Board informing that the "jail sentence for the applicant (Anwar) should continue".

"A notice has been delivered to the EC in line with Article 54 of the Federal Constitution on the vacancy of the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat as soon as the disqualification of its MP takes effect," he said.

Anwar's disqualification takes effect from March 16, the date his petition was deliberated upon and rejected.

Senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh announced on Wednesday that the King, who chairs the Pardons Board, rejected the petition filed by Anwar's family on Feb 24.

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