Anwar Ibrahim, a longtime leader of Malaysia's opposition, was sworn in as PM.

Anwar Ibrahim sworn in as Prime Minister in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday . Five-day political drought in Malaysia's history ends after no one managed to secure a majority to form a government .

In Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, Malaysia's long-serving opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as Prime Minister before the King, putting an end to a five-day political drought in Malaysia's history, after no one managed to secure a majority to form a government for the first time since independence in 1957.Anwar's ascension to the premiership marked the end of a turbulent political life that has not only carried him into the corridors of At a press conference, Anwar said that none of us should be marginalized under my administration.He said that his focus would be on the economy.This is a national unity government.Anwar said that his multi-ethnic Pakatan Harapan alliance had been able to secure a majority after receiving votes from old foes in the former ruling bloc Barisan Nasional and a different party in Sarawak state on Borneo island.That was ahead of former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassins' Malay-centric Perikatan Nasional bloc's 73, but still short of the 112 required for a majority.

On Thursday, the king held a special meeting with other royals before electing Anwar as the new premier.Anwar said his group was in a celebratory mood in Kuala Lumpur's capital.He worked hard to win the chance to be Prime Minister.I hope he does well and proves his worth, says Muhammad Taufiq Zamri, a 37-year-old product manager, who announced his retirement in the late 1990s after being congratulated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just before his news conference.The former student protester was first expected to take the leadership in the late 1990s, but the two had a bitter feud over how to handle the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis.

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