Anwar Ibrahim illustration by Joe Cummings

Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister to Mahathir Mohamad, is probably Malaysia’s best-known political figure.

He heads the country's three-party opposition coalition known as the Pakatan Rakyat (People's Alliance).

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Najib’s Malaysia fund links need transparency

Prime minister is under pressure over allegations regarding 1MDB

Malaysia is drifting dangerously

Najib must resist the temptation to clamp down on freedoms for narrow political interests

Malaysia opposition faces testing times

Nurul warns nation is becoming Islamicised

Malaysian cartoonist charged with sedition

Government cracks down on opposition and media

Former Malaysia PM Mahathir hits at Najib

Ruling party’s elder statesman warns of poll loss under incumbent

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Its reputation as a thriving Muslim democracy is under threat

Malaysian rights groups condemn arrests

Fears for political freedoms raised amid opposition conflict over sharia law

Anwar’s daughter arrested in Malaysia

Critics say government using sedition laws to stifle dissent

Guilty verdict on Malaysia’s Anwar upheld

Court rejects opposition leader’s appeal against sodomy conviction

Anwar’s plight intersects with airliner case

Malaysian opposition leader faces five years in prison

Missing aircraft’s pilot under scrutiny

Captain of flight MH370 joined party of jailed opposition leader

Anwar attacks Malaysia’s ruling party

Opposition leader accuses Umno of trying to derail political plans

Anwar faces jail as acquittal overruled

Malaysian opposition leader faces threat of political oblivion

Malaysia on edge amid political stand-off

Opposition figures detained weeks after bitter election

Malaysia PM unveils new cabinet

Weak GDP data underscore challenge ahead

Protest held against Malaysia poll result

Think-tanks find election ‘only partially free and not fair’

‘Chinese tsunami’ leaves Najib in a bind

Surge in support for the People’s Alliance party in the election leaves PM with a governing challenge

A pyrrhic victory in Malaysia

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Stock market up 7% as investors welcome status quo

Malaysian PM steals opposition’s thunder

Malaysian PM gains popularity by diluting Malay-favouring policies

Malaysia polls close after record turnout

Opposition hopes to end decades of Umno government

Malaysian election looks too close to call

Malaysian PM cancels rally to visit constituency on eve of vote

A Joe Cummings illustration of Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar in last run at Malaysian leadership

Opposition leader presses advantage at Putrajaya rally

Anwar Ibrahim
©Illustration by Luis Grañena

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Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia poses for a photo in his office in Putrajaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

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Opposition has best chance of victory since 1957

Malaysia sends more troops into Borneo

Twenty die in disputed region, adding to election tensions for Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian opposition senses election hope

Alliance optimistic of taking power for the first time

Malaysian opposition holds mass rally

Anwar calls for ‘free and fair’ elections

Malaysian growth hides vulnerability

Fiscal deficit leaves country exposed to global shocks