» 11/13/2007, 00.00
Tensions in Malaysia as elections approach
Elections are scheduled for April 2008 but the atmosphere is tense. The outgoing Badawi administration is facing challenges and widespread dissatisfaction. The largest mass rally held in the last ten years was held on Saturday; protesters demanded electoral reform and the king’s commitment to protect the constitution.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim again under arrest
He is taken into custody an hour before he was due to give a statement to police at 2 pm today to answer sodomy charges. For analysts it is essentially a political matter.
Anwar Ibrahim set free
Kuala Lumpur: Government suspends opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
The former deputy premier accuses the government of having ties with Israel. Along with him, three other members of Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition coalition, have been suspended. This move brings the Barison Nasional, the ruling party, to regain a majority of two thirds, lost for the first time in 40 years with the 2008 elections.
Kuala Lumpur, sodomy charges upheld against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim
Appeal filed by the politician rejected. At first instance judges had imposed a sentence of five years. A political and judicial case spanning 17 years, against the only man able to counter the government hegemony. Activists speak of "political persecution", the executive spokesman says it was a "fair trial".
Anwar Ibrahim released, but sodomy charges stand
Remanded in police custody for 24 hours, at the end of interrogation, judges released him on police bail. The opposition warns of a serious “democratic crises” in the country.
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