Malaysian leader and political reformist Anwar Ibrahim is a free man.

Anwar received a full pardon on Wednesday, May 16 by Malaysia’s King Muhammad V.

He had been serving time  following his second conviction of sodomy.

New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad spearheaded  his one-time deputy’s release from prison.

It came on the heels of Mahathir’s stunning defeat of Najib Razak in last week’s election.

Even behind bars, Anwar wielded political power that set into motion Mahathir’s victory.

Anwar’s supporters always contended the charges were part of a plot to politically derail him.

Meanwhile 92-year-old Mahathir has promised to step aside in two years and hand the government over to Anwar.

For now, Anwar said he has no immediate plans of serving in the government.

Instead, he wants to rest with his family and travel, the Straits Times reported.