16 May '18, 7am

From prison to power: leaders who served time

From prison to power: leaders who served time

Anwar Ibrahim's release from a Malaysian jail on Wednesday paves the way for him to become prime minister, a path from prison to power that has been trodden by some of the most famous leaders of the last century. Anwar was originally jailed 20 years ago by then-premier Mahathir Mohamad, on what supporters insisted were trumped up sodomy charges. He was imprisoned again in 2015 by Najib Razak, the man who was ousted last week in shock polls. The now 92-year-old Mahathir, who came out of retirement to lead the revolution at the ballot box, and who now holds the top job is expected eventually to vacate the prime ministership for the younger man. Here are five other former inmates who emerged from jail to take power: - Nelson Mandela - "No power on earth can stop an oppressed people determined to win their freedom," said Nelson Mandela in 1961, the year before he was convicted...

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