Anwar Ibrahim Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1998: Malaysia’s dominant party expelled former finance minister Anwar Ibrahim, stripping him of political power one day after he was sacked from the government. The decision by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) marked a political coup de grace for Anwar and appeared to strengthen Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s hand. Hundreds of supporters of sacked finance minister gathered outside the headquarters of Malaysia’s dominant political party as its leaders met to decide the ousted minister’s fate. The supporters cheered loudly as Anwar arrived with his wife for the meeting of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) leadership. Three trucks of riot police were stationed on the street outside the building. Anwar’s supporters were noisy but peaceful.

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