May 16, 2018 / 7:39 AM / 9 months ago

Malaysia's Anwar says to give full support to PM Mahathir

A prison officer takes a picture with Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Wednesday that he would give full support to the government led by former rival Mahathir Mohamad, but would not immediately be part of it.

“I have given my assurance, I am here as a concerned citizen to give complete support to manage the country on the understanding that we are committed to the reform agenda, beginning with the judiciary, media and the entire apparatus,” Anwar said in a news conference at his home after he was freed from custody.

Anwar said it was Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s prerogative to form the cabinet, but noted he had given assurances that he will consult party leaders.

Anwar said he would take some time off with his family. “I’ve told Tun Mahathir, I don’t need to serve in the cabinet for now,” he said, using an honorofic for the prime minister.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan and Tom Westbrook; Editing by Preveen Menon and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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