Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir

  1. Anwar Ibrahim: Jailed Malaysian politician will get royal pardon says Mahathir  BBC News
  2. Malaysia King to Pardon Anwar Immediately, Mahathir Says  Bloomberg
  3. Malaysian’s Mahathir says king is willing to pardon Anwar, paving way for him to become PM  CNBC
  4. In Malaysia, the Old Prime Minister Promises a New Order  New York Times
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Chinese politician tipped to replace president jailed for life 

Chinese politician tipped to replace president jailed for life A former Chinese political high-flyer who was accused of seeking to topple Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, expressed “repentance” on Tuesday as he was jailed for accepting bribes worth £20 million. Sun Zhengcai, a former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing, and a member of the Communist Party’s elite 25-member Politburo, was jailed for life by a court in the northern port city of Tianjin on Tuesday. Sun was previously seen as a candidate to be elevated to the Politburo Standing Committee, several officials who represent the apex of political power in China. But he fell from favour among Beijing’s political elite last year and was named as a co-conspirator who sought to topple the president by the chairman of China’s securities regulator in October. He admitted to corruption charges at his one day trial earlier this month. “Sun had taken advantage of various posts to provide help for certain units and individuals in project bidding, project approval, enterprise operation and personnel promotion and arrangement,” said Xinhua news agency, citing the court. “(He) accepted money and property worth over 170 million yuan (£19.7 million) either by himself or with ‘certain affiliated persons’. A man cycles past the No 1 Intermediate People’s Court in the northern city of Tianjin during Sun’s trial Credit: AFP However, the court had showed leniency after Sun “confessed to his wrongdoings, showed repentance and been cooperative in returning illegal gains,” Xinhua said. Sun is the latest cadre to fall in a wide-ranging drive against corruption that was launched by Mr Xi after he assumed power five years ago. The campaign is hugely popular, but has been criticised for lacking transparency and is seen by some as a means to sideline opponents.


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Armenian politician who forced PM's resignation stakes claim to power

Armenian politician who forced PM's resignation stakes claim to powerBy Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) – A politician who forced Armenia’s prime minister to resign led thousands of people on a march on Tuesday after which he said he was ready to take the reins of power and would keep up pressure on the ruling elite until they agreed to real change. Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, who had previously served as Armenia’s president for a decade, resigned on Monday after almost two weeks of street protests prompted by accusations he had manipulated the constitution to cling to power. Lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan played a key role in ousting Sarksyan, organizing many of the protests and calling for the premier to go in a televised exchange before being jailed and then released.


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Kenya opposition politician says was dragged, assaulted in forced deportation

Kenya opposition politician says was dragged, assaulted in forced deportationA Kenyan opposition politician who government authorities deported in contravention of a court order said on Thursday he had been assaulted, drugged and dragged onto a flight to Dubai. Miguna Miguna was put on an Emirates flight late on Wednesday evening, his lawyer Cliff Ombeta said, two days after police detained the politician on his return to the country.


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