Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was appointed prime minister on Thursday, the sultan’s palace said, and will be sworn in at 5 p.m. local time.
A general election Saturday ended with a suspended parliament neither of the two main alliances, one led by Anwar and the other ex-Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, was immediately able to win enough seats in parliament to form a government.
Anwar’s nomination caps a three-decade long journey from heir apparent, to a prisoner convicted of sodomy, to a longtime opposition leader.
The 75-year-old has been repeatedly denied the post of prime minister despite his striking distance over the years: he was deputy prime minister in the 1990s and official prime minister-in-waiting in 2018.
In between, he spent nearly a decade in jail for sodomy and bribery in what he says are politically motivated charges aimed at ending his career.