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.
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 general elections were held, Anwar was pardoned by Malaysia's King Muhammad V in May.
With this victory, Anwar, who also served as the country's former deputy prime minister in the 1990s, is now a step closer to succeed 93-year-old Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Following his surprise victory in the May polls, Mahathir had pledged to ensure a smooth transfer of power within two years, according to CNN.
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