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16 May 2018, 07:31 | Devin Moran
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an election campaign in Kuala Lumpur
Devamacar Arumugam, 45, a woman wearing a sari made up of Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR) flags, said she waited all day on Tuesday and was back just after dawn on Wednesday to see him free.
Mr Anwar, who was formerly Dr Mahathir's political rival, has been promised leadership of Malaysia's new governing coalition when Dr Mahathir, 92, decides to step down.
Rahman Roslan/Getty ImagesLeader of Pakatan Rakyat, Anwar Ibrahim and his wife, Wan Azizah greet their supporters after casting their votes on May 5, 2013 in Penanti, Penang, Malaysia.
Anwar was previously scheduled to be released on June 8.
The designated deputy prime minister said efforts towards delivering the manifesto pledges could go on even though none of the pact's leaders have taken the oath of office aside from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir will stay in power until the administration's mid-term before handing over power to Anwar.
Anwar emerged from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday after Malaysia's Pardon Board, which included the current King, chose to overturn the 2015 conviction, which is widely accepted to be politically motivated.
The pardons board met on Wednesday morning, giving a reprieve to the long-time opposition leader who was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to five years in jail, which was considered to be a politically-motivated charge. Without the pardon, Anwar would have been banned from politics for five years due to having a criminal record.
Anwar was heir-apparent to the premiership until Mahathir sacked him in 1998 and he was subsequently jailed for sodomy and abuse of power.
Dr Wan Azizah was asked to comment on a foreign media report quoting Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin that it would be foolish to make Anwar prime minister as soon as he returned to Parliament.
According to Mr Anwar's lawyers, Dr Mahathir's former deputy received a full pardon.
Anwar said that after working with Mahathir for many years, "I understand that he cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia. a new partnership was essential to overcome the deeply entrenched, corrupt system that was presiding over Malaysia".
Despite past hostilities between Anwar and Mahathir, the two agreed to work together to oust former Prime Minister Najib Razak.
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