27 Aug 2008

Malaysian opposition leader wins landslide vote

2:36 pm on 27 August 2008

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has won a landslide victory in a by-election in Penang.

A high turnout saw his People's Justice Party winning 31,195 of 47,000 votes, the Election Commission said.

The result returns Mr Anwar to parliament after a decade's absence, and comes despite sodomy charges he says are politically motivated.

The 61-year-old has been trying to make his political comeback since a ban on seeking public office expired in April.

He had been expected to win but the level of support for him was substantial - gaining almost double the votes of his opponent, the BBC reports.