Reformist leader Anwar close to becoming Malaysia’s next PM


              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, left, and newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim pose after the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim talks on phone with Turkish President during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim listens to question during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Long-time reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister. It’s a victory for the political reformers who have been locked in a battle for days with Malay nationalists after a divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. Malaysia’s king named 75-year-old Anwar as the nation’s 10th leader, saying he was satisfied that Anwar is the candidate who is likely to have majority support. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, left, listen to his wife wan Azizah during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed  Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, right, and his wife Wan Azizah take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, second left, takes the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as the country's 10th prime minister at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim signs documents after taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim offers prayers after taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Wan Azizah waves as they arrive at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, right, and newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, left, take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim waves to media as he arrives at National Place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia’s king on Thursday named Anwar as the country’s prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Fazry Ismail/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, left, and newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim pose after the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim talks on phone with Turkish President during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim listen to question during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, left, listen to his wife wan Azizah during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed  Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, right, and his wife Wan Azizah take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, second left, takes the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as the country's 10th prime minister at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim signs documents after taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim offers prayers after taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Wan Azizah waves as they arrive at a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech during a gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Malaysia's King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, right, and newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, left, take part in the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              FILE- Then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a rally in Port Dickson, Malaysia on Oct. 8, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his inked finger to the media after voting at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, second left, takes the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as the country's 10th prime minister at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Newly appointed Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim waves to media as he arrives at National Place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia’s king on Thursday named Anwar as the country’s prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Fazry Ismail/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              FILE- Then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a rally in Port Dickson, Malaysia on Oct. 8, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his inked finger to the media after voting at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              Malaysia's newly appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, second left, takes the oath of office during his swearing-in ceremony as the country's 10th prime minister at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Mohd Rasfan/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Newly appointed Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim waves to media as he arrives at National Place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Malaysia’s king on Thursday named Anwar as the country’s prime minister, ending days of uncertainty after the divisive general election produced a hung Parliament. (Fazry Ismail/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              FILE- Then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a rally in Port Dickson, Malaysia on Oct. 8, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his inked finger to the media after voting at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE- Then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a rally in Port Dickson, Malaysia on Oct. 8, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his inked finger to the media after voting at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE- Then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, raises the hand of reform icon Anwar Ibrahim during a rally in Port Dickson, Malaysia on Oct. 8, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his ballot during the election at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim reacts to supporters as he leaves a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 16, 2018. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shows his inked finger to the media after voting at a polling station in Seberang Perai, Penang state, Malaysia on Nov. 19, 2022. Malaysia's king on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, named Anwar as the country's prime minister, ending days of uncertainties after divisive general elections produced a hung Parliament. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              Flags fly outside the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Malaysia’s election uncertainty deepened Tuesday after a political bloc refused to support either reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim or rival Malay nationalist Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister, three days after divisive polls produced no outright winner. (AP Photo/FL Wong)
            
              Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, talks on a phone as he leaves his office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Malaysia’s election uncertainty deepened Tuesday after a political bloc refused to support either reformist leader Anwar Ibrahim or rival Malay nationalist Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister, three days after divisive polls produced no outright winner. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              United Malays National Organization President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi waves as he leaves after meeting with King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
            
              Armed National palace police stands guard at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Malaysia's king has failed to reach a decision on whom to pick as prime minister after meeting the leaders of two rival blocs, and summoned lawmakers from a political bloc that has held out its support. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Reformist leader Anwar close to becoming Malaysia’s next PM