A Malaysian court Monday found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim not guilty of sodomizing a former male political aide, bringing an end to a politically charged trial and shaking up expectations for elections this year.
The country is transfixed by a drama whose second act unfolded in June when the top opposition leader, 61-year-old Anwar Ibrahim, was accused of having sex with a 23-year-old male aide. It sounded very much like a case from 10 years ago
Malaysia's prime minister took the oath of office for a new five-year term Monday, rejecting calls to resign after an unprecedented electoral setback that has shaken the country's political landscape, the Associated Press reported.
The largest political protest in nearly a decade erupted in Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur, Saturday with riot police aiming water hoses and tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered to demand electoral reform.
Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has called the March 2004 elections "the most seriously flawed in the history of the country" and said he expected more reform from Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.