Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim has kicked off his campaign for a by-election next month but faces a multi-cornered fight in his bid to return to active politics.

Malaysia’s reform icon, Anwar Ibrahim, center, waves to his supporters as he arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar is contesting by-election in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Supporters wave flags of Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) as Anwar Ibrahim arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar will contest the Oct. 13 by-election in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The by-election followed the resignation of a lawmaker to make way for Anwar’s comeback. Escorted by dozens of supporters including some cabinet ministers, Anwar submitted his nomination papers Saturday at a hall in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson.

Malaysia’s reform icon, Anwar Ibrahim, center, show No.1 sign for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar is contesting by-election scheduled on Oct. 13, in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysia reform icon Anwar Ibrahim, waves to his supporters as he arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar is contesting by-election in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Saiful Bukhari Azlan, former aide to Malaysia reform icon, Anwar Ibrahim, thumbs up as he arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

He faces six other candidates including a former aide who had accused Anwar of sodomizing him a decade ago, leading to Anwar’s conviction in 2015.

Malaysia’s reform icon Anwar Ibrahim waves to his supporters as he arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar is contesting by-election in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysia’s reform icon Anwar Ibrahim, center, thumbs up as he arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar is contesting by-election in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysia’s reform icon Anwar Ibrahim waves to his supporters as he arrives for by-election nomination in Port Dickson, Malaysia, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Anwar is contesting by-election in Port Dickson, a southern coastal town after a lawmaker vacated the seat to make way for Anwar Ibrahim’s political comeback. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Anwar, who has said his conviction was politically motivated, was freed and pardoned by the king shortly after his alliance won a stunning electoral victory in May that led to the first change of power since independence.

Source: The Associated Press

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