What the Anwar sodomy trial could mean for Malaysia

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's opposition leader, is on trial for sodomy for a second time. The BBC's Vaudine England investigates the political ramifications.

Two years ago, few Malaysians would have predicted the current state of their country's politics.

In the March 2008 elections, the opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim demolished the ruling coalition's two-thirds majority.

The coalition still won, but it emerged bruised by its worst election result in 50 years.

Mr Anwar is now the head of the increasingly powerful opposition, and many analysts say that his current trial for sodomy - the second time he has been accused of this offence - may have more to do with his politics than his personal life.

recommended by Darius Kadivar