Mar 10, 2008

PM Abdullah sworn in

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in for his second term Monday, defying calls to quit after presiding over the ruling coalition's worst ever election results.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn in at 11.10am in front of King Mizan Zainal Abidin, the constitutional monarch, and dozens of government dignitaries in the national palace's glittering throne room.

The ceremony was telecast live.

Earlier on Sunday, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad called for Mr Abdullah's resignation and added that he had 'apparently made the wrong choice' when he hand-picked Mr Abdullah to succeed him in 2003.

However, national news agency Bernama quoted him on Sunday as saying he doesn't need to step down because he still has strong support, especially from ruling party leaders.

'I will not resign because there is no pressure,' he was quoted as saying.

Mr Abdullah will chair the Umno Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur at noon on Monday.

He will also chair the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting at the
same venue at 3.30pm.

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