Anwar: I will not seek an immediate return to politics

Anwar: I will not seek an immediate return to politics
Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim kisses his wife during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will not seek an immediate return to politics and will take some time off with his family.

Anwar also said the Dr Mahathir as premier had the prerogative to form the Cabinet, but added that the Prime Minister had given him assurance that he will consult party leaders before deciding on its composition.

Anwar walked out of the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital at 11.30am on Wednesday (May 16) where he was held over his second sodomy charge. 

Anwar a free man after royal pardon

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    Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon on Wednesday and walked free from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week.

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    In his first press conference since his release at his residence in Segambut on Wednesday (May 16), Anwar said that he was only back as a citizen.

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    "I'll be taking time off to give a series of talks in Harvard, Georgetown and a few Muslim countries," said Anwar.

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    "I've given my assurance to Mahathir and Azizah that I'm here as a concerned citizen, with complete support for them manage the affairs of the country," he said.

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    Anwar also said that as premier, Dr Mahathir had the prerogative to form the Cabinet, but added that the Prime Minister had given him assurance that he would consult party leaders before deciding on its composition.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim (centre) speaking to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the palace, where he has been granted an audience with the King at noon.

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    Police directing traffic as Mr Anwar's convoy leaves for the palace.

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    Anwar Ibrahim greeting his supporters after being released from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.

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    A poster of Mr Anwar by one of his supporters outside the hospital.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim and wife Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail leaving Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim making his way home after his release from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Anwar Ibrahim arrives at his house following his release from hospital

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim arrives home after he was released from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Journalists and supporters of jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrive at his home after his release from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.

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After his release, he met the Yang di-Pertuan Agong where he was granted a royal pardon. 

In 2015, Anwar was sentenced to five years' jail after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict for sodomy.

Anwar was initially scheduled to be released on June 8, 2018 after his five-year sentence that started on Feb 10, 2015 was reduced for good behaviour.

His release came a week after Pakatan Harapan defeated Barisan Nasional at the polls on May 9.

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