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Malaysia election

Malaysia's Anwar names cabinet, returns as finance minister

Smaller slate meant to promote unity as PM seeks investor confidence

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced his lean maiden cabinet in Putrajaya on Dec. 2.   © Reuters

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim unveiled his ministerial cabinet on Friday, a thinner version of its predecessor comprising leaders from various political parties supporting his unity government in an effort to sustain a parliamentary majority.

Anwar was appointed as Malaysia's 10th prime minister last week to lead a unity government after national polls resulted in a hung parliament. He has named 28 ministers to be sworn in by King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin on Saturday -- there were over 30 in the previous cabinet.

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