Malaysian Rivals’ Reunion Highlights Shifting Political Alliances

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Anwar Ibrahim, left, the jailed opposition leader, met with Malaysia’s former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, right, at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

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An improbable reunion took place at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur this week, offering a snapshot of Malaysia’s fractious yet incestuous politics.

Anwar Ibrahim, the imprisoned opposition leader, was briefly allowed out of his cell to challenge a new security law. In court on Monday, in a show of support, was the man who had him put away: Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister.

Mr. Mahathir, Mr. Anwar’s mentor turned nemesis, now wants Mr. Anwar to join forces with him…

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