Former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim stormed to victory in the Port Dickson by-election on Saturday, setting the stage for his return to frontline Malaysian politics.
Anwar,71, won the Malaysian parliamentary by-election against six other candidates with a majority of over 23, 000 votes, by garnering 72 per cent of the valid votes cast.
According to the Election Commission, a total of 58.2 per cent of the 68,317 eligible voters of the Negeri Sembilan constituency had cast their votes, the highest turnout for a by-election since the general election in May. Overall turnout was short as per the EC target of 70 per cent, they said.’
With the outstanding winning, Anwar, the once-jailed opposition leader, set to return to active politics. Anwar will succeed Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as the eight-prime minister of Malaysia.
I am happy with the results, Allah bless us all, says Anwar on his by-election victory.
“We were able to convincingly win the support of all races,” Anwar said.