Before his earlier fall from grace, Anwar was one of the rising stars of Malaysia's strongest party, the currently leads the ruling Barisan coalition.
Anwar faces new charges of sodomy, but he claims that these accusations along with the earlier ones for which he was convicted are untrue. The opposition leader has promised to unseat Barisan in a mid-September confidence vote vowing to end widespread government corruption.
Barisan has grown increasingly unpopular among Malaysia's minorities who feel that it has been moving toward fundamentalist Islamic law.
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Anwar sworn in as MP in Malaysian parliament
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's leading opposition figure, Anwar Ibrahim, was sworn in on Thursday, taking his parliamentary seat after a decade-long absence following convictions for sodomy and corruption.
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