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 on Saturday ended in an unprecedented parliament in which neither of the two main alliances, one led by Anwar and the other by ex-Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, were immediately able to secure enough seats in parliament to form a government.
Anwar’s appointment caps a three-decade journey from heir to the throne to prisoner convicted of sodomy to longtime leader of the opposition.
The 75-year-old has been repeatedly denied the post of prime minister, despite coming within striking distance over the years: he was deputy prime minister in the 1990s and official prime minister in 2018.
In between, he spent almost a decade in prison on sodomy and corruption charges, which he says were politically motivated charges aimed at ending his career.