Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claims the charges were politically motivated (photo: dpa)

Anwar jailing could impact Malaysia’s politics for years

The removal of Anwar Ibrahim, the biggest threat to Malaysia’s ruling coalition government, could have a long-term impact on the country’s political battleground. The five-year jail term, on what some regard as a politically-motivated conviction, takes away the biggest headache - continuing the coalition’s 50-year grip on power – but a catalogue of other challenges remain for Prime Minister Najib Razak.

ANWAR Ibrahim, the only politician regarded as capable of breaking Malaysia’s coalition government’s stranglehold on power, has been jailed for five years. The jailing triggers a chain of events which could shake up Malaysian politics for years and impact its general election in 2018.

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 Yang Razali Kassim
Malaysian politics could enter an explosive phase and threaten the position of Prime Minister Najib Razak, and his ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, if Mr Anwar’s fractured opposition, the People’s Alliance (PR), closes ranks and turns his jailing to its advantage
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