Anwar is Back Again

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Dr Mahathir is happy that Anwar, who was sworn in as MP, is back.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the new MP for Port Dickson, today was sworn in as a member of the Dewan Rakyat before Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

Wearing a black baju Melayu and a gold sampin, he arrived at around 9.40am, accompanied by his daughter Nurul Nuha Anwar.

He received thunderous applause when Ariff announced that a new lawmaker would take his oath of office.

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The PKR president-elect was sworn in at about 10 am, soon after the Dewan Rakyat convened for its second meeting of the first session of the 14th Parliament.

After taking his oath and signing a declaration, Anwar received another round of applause.

Anwar, 71, had won the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election on Saturday. He polled 31,016 votes to win by a majority of 23,560 votes in the seven-cornered contest.

Mohamad Ariff welcomed the new MP to the House and congratulated him on his election victory.

The last time Anwar became an MP was in 2013 after the 13th general election when he won the Permatang Pauh seat. He had to give up the seat after the Federal Court dismissed in February 2015 his appeal against a five-year jail sentence for sodomy.

The parliamentary seat was vacated by Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah to make way for Anwar to become the country’s eighth prime minister.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Anwar’s parliamentary comeback was expected even before the Election Commission announced the PKR leader’s victory in the Port Dickson polls last Saturday.

“Of course I am happy he is back,” the 93-year-old told reporters in the Parliament lobby.

“We expected him to come back. We knew he was going to win.

“When you have seven people contesting, the Opposition will always be split up between the seat and number seven (contestant) will win and he won very big,” said Dr Mahathir.