Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Anwar Ibrahim gives Malaysian govt. the finger...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has won a landslide victory in a by-election in Penang. 

A high turnout saw his People's Justice Party winning 31,195 of 47,000 votes, the Election Commission said. 

The result returns Mr Anwar to parliament after a decade's absence, and comes despite sodomy charges he says are politically motivated. 

The 61-year-old has been trying to make his political comeback since a ban on seeking public office expired in April. 

He had been expected to win but the level of support for him was substantial - gaining almost double the votes of his opponent, reports the BBC's Robin Brant from Penang. More...

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