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Malaysia election

Malaysia's Anwar sworn in as PM, pledges to fight corruption

Longtime contender will seek vote of confidence on Dec. 19

Malaysia's Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaks to a gathering in Kuala Lumpur.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- New Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim pledged Thursday to fight corruption and support a multiracial Malaysia under progressive and transparent leadership.

"There will be no questions of instability in my administration," he said. "I have asked for the government to put in a motion of confidence as the first agenda on Dec. 19," he told a packed news conference near Kuala Lumpur with his wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, by his side.

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