Sep 26, 2008

UMNO AGM postponed, PM mum on plans

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will make a decision on whether he will defend the Umno presidency before the party's divisional level elections begin on Oct 9.

The Umno president and Prime Minister said this after charing a special party supreme council meeting at PWTC here Friday morning.

(Malaysiakini) The Umno supreme council today decided to postpone its party polls and annual general meeting to March next year to allow for a smooth transfer of power from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to his deputy.

The meeting, along with party polls, was scheduled to be held this December.

abdullah ahmad badawi najib razak pc change portfolio 170908 05However divisional elections will proceed as scheduled from Oct 9 to Nov 9.

These decisions were made at an hour-long emergency supreme council meeting held this morning at Umno headquarters.

Talking to reporters later, Abdullah refused to comment if he would defend his president's post at the party polls, saying that he would decide before the division-level meetings on Oct 9 - giving him a window of two-weeks to finalise his plans.

"I am not under any pressure. It (the transition) will be my decision," he said.

"The postponement of the AGM is to facilitate the transition plan," he added.

Abdullah's original plan was to handover his power to Najib in June 2010. However he has come under tremendous pressure in recent weeks to bring forward this date, preferably to mid of next year.

This was the second time in this month the highest decision making body of the party had met. It held its monthly meeting on Sept 18.

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