Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is to contest a by-election for a seat in parliament, the final step of his return to front-line politics.
His wife, who is also an MP, is vacating her seat in Penang, in the northwest of the country.
Mr Anwar was banned from standing for public office until earlier this year.
He is currently facing claims that he sodomised a former male aide – allegations which he strenuously denies.
Sodomy is an offence punishable with a jail term in mainly Muslim Malaysia.
This is the final instalment in Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to return to the top.
He led the new opposition coalition to a stunning showing in Malaysia’s general election earlier this year – but could not stand himself as he was banned following a conviction for corruption and sodomy in 1999. [more]