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Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim wins parliamentary by-poll

ANI  |  Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] 

Seasoned Malaysian and former opposition leader has won a parliamentary seat in a by-election, thereby once again establishing himself in the country's mainstream

Anwar won the Port Dickson seat on Saturday, securing 71 per cent of the total votes cast, and easily seeing off his six other candidates in what was a landslide victory for him.

He is expected to be sworn-in as a in the on October 15, Al-Jazeera reported.

In 2015, 71-year-old Anwar was imprisoned for five years on a sodomy conviction, a charge which he described as "politically motivated". Days after the Malaysian were held, Anwar was pardoned by Malaysia's in May.

With this victory, Anwar, who also served as the country's former in the 1990s, is now a step closer to succeed 93-year-old Malaysian Following his surprise victory in the May polls, Mahathir had pledged to ensure a smooth transfer of power within two years, according to

Both Mahathir and Anwar shrugged off their years-long bitter political feud by joining hands to unseat scandal-tainted former in the

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 08:15 IST