Anwar defies Malaysian politics ban
March 10 - Anwar Ibrahim, the former Malaysian deputy premiere, has said he will defy a ban on his holding political office and stand for election as an opposition candidate.
On Saturday, Anwar said he planned to stand as president of the opposition Keadilan party despite the ban, which is due to a criminal conviction that he has disputed.
Anwar said he would contest the party polls due in June, "if I get the support of the party".
"It's a corrupt system using the courts to deny my rights," he said in an interview with Reuters. "I'll fight. I am going to ignore the government."
A party official said Keadilan members were keen for Anwar to stand in a possible election.
Khalid Ibrahim, the party treasurer, said: "As a party we propose his name, to be nominated as our president at our next elections in June."
Jailed for sodomy
In 1998 Anwar fell out with
He was jailed in 1999 on what he said were trumped up charges of corruption and sodomy.
Having served time for corruption, he was acquitted of sodomy and released from jail in September 2004.
But his corruption conviction was not overturned and his criminal record bars him from holding party or political office until April 2008.
The Malaysian government is expected to call an early general election by the end of this year, in which case Anwar would not be able to stand for parliament and would have to wait for the next election five years later.
Khalid said: "If there is a general election we want him to be there, and also to participate in the election." alJazeera