Ibrahim Anwar declares 'new dawn for Malaysia' after release

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Several dozen policemen were also seen at a luxury condominium in another district of Kuala Lumpur, where Najib has an apartment. Police officials couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Abdul Hadi said the transfer of power from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be implemented according to proper procedures without affecting the well-being of the people.

However, ahead of the 2018 general election he joined forces with Mahathir to topple Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional coalition party, which had been in power for nearly six decades.

Police arrive at former prime minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018.

Separately, Malaysia and six countries are investigating defeated prime minster Najim over corruption at the state fund 1MDB.

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Malaysia's former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been released from custody and pardoned.

Once a high flyer in the ruling party, Anwar was convicted of sodomy and an additional charge of corruption in 1998 amid a power struggle with Mahathir. The relationship between the two remains volatile, however, and will likely determine what course Malaysia will chart in the coming months.

Anwar, who needs to contest a by-election to become a member of Parliament, said he doesn't want any Cabinet posts yet as he plans to spend time with his family and travel overseas for speaking engagements.

"Anwar should never have been jailed in the first place, and his long overdue release is an important step towards the restoration of justice and human rights in Malaysia after so many years of political persecution by previous governments", said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General.

Asked about the new government's pledge to review large Chinese infrastructure projects, Anwar said like Mahathir, he welcomed Chinese investment but was concerned about the manner in which they were done.

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Anwar was Mahathir's deputy in the 1990s, but fell out with his mentor during the 1997-99 Asian financial crisis.

He said it was Mahathir's prerogative to form the cabinet, but noted he had given assurances that he will consult party leaders. At one point, prosecutors produced a mattress that they said was stained with semen, accusing Anwar of having sex with two male aides.

The politician was jailed for a second time three years ago on what he said were trumped-up sodomy charges.

Both times, he and his supporters said the charges were politically motivated.

He said: "It will not sit well with the rakyat (people) who do not want the old government to influence the new government, their participation will not be accepted".

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"I have forgiven him, he has proven his mettle. Why should I harbour any malice towards him?"

Dressed in a suit and freshly shaven, Anwar Ibrahim put on his biggest smile as he left the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital.

But the 92-year-old Mahathir, now himself arrayed against the BN coalition he once headed, led Anwar's pro-reform alliance to a stunning election victory last week and orchestrated the release of his old foe in an extraordinary rapprochement.

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