Malaysian PM Abdullah Badawi To Quit In March 2009.

Malaysian PM Abdullah Badawi To Quit In March 2009. 

 

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has announced that he will step down from office in March 2009.

 

The move will effectively hand power of the ruling National Front coalition, and therefore the job of prime minister, to his deputy Muhammad Najib Razak.

 

Abdullah Badawi has been under pressure to quit since disastrous election results earlier this year. He has faced discontent within his own party, and also an increasingly strong opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim.

 

By tradition, the president of UMNO is leader of the coalition government and therefore prime minister as long as the coalition is in power.

 

Mr Abdullah resisted pressure to resign in the immediate aftermath of the election result in March 2008, in which the government lost its two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time since Malaysian independence.

 

Many of UMNO’s traditional supporters from the majority Malay community switched allegiance to Anwar Ibrahim’s multiracial coalition, the People’s Alliance [Pakatan Rakyat].

 

In the months after the polls, Abdullah hammered out a plan for a transition of power to Mr Najib in 2010, but his critics still remained unsatisfied.

 

Anwar Ibrahim is now threatening to bring down the government with parliamentary defections from the National Front. But many  seen it as just a gimmick that not likely to happen.

About Md Radzi Ahmad
A retired Malaysian civil servant. Served the Malaysian government for thirty-one years. Posted to London, Rangoon, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bangkok. Born in Kampong Hutan Kandeh, Alor Star, Kedah. Educated at Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Currently resides in Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan,Malaysia.Blessed with three children, a son, two daughters, daughter in law and two grandaughters.

One Response to Malaysian PM Abdullah Badawi To Quit In March 2009.

  1. Ashraf says:

    Enough time for him to sign billions of defence contracts to Scomi.

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