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Anwar is Malaysia's best bet for navigating its challenges

Commitment to reform will be key for addressing economy's structural problems

| Malaysia
Anwar Ibrahim talks on the phone in Putrajaya on his first work day as prime minister on Nov. 25: He must turn his attention to next year's budget. (Handout photo from Malaysia's Prime Minister Office)   © AP

Shankaran Nambiar is a senior research fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research in Kuala Lumpur.

Anwar Ibrahim has finally been appointed as prime minister of Malaysia following a series of dramatic twists and turns. After eluding him for more than 20 years, he will be taking up the role now at a time that will greatly test his skills as a leader.

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