Malaysia PM Anwar: We have seen a change that has awaited the people of Malaysia

Malaysia's newly appointed PM Ibrahim offers prayers after taking the oath during the swearing-in ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's new Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said his swearing in was a change that Malaysians have waited for and pledged to keep Islam as the official religion of the country.

The 75-year-old longtime opposition leader was sworn in on Thursday, capping a three-decade political journey from a protege of veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad to protest leader, a prisoner convicted of sodomy and opposition leader.

(Reporting by Rozanna Laitff; Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)