Mar 31, 2009

Najib to be sworn in on April 3rd

The King might not have accepted Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s resignation letter yet but state leaders have already received the invitation to the new prime minister's swearing-in.

It is learnt that Menteris Besar, chief ministers and other top dignitaries have been invited for the ceremony on Friday.

An aide to Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng confirmed he had received an invitation for the swearing-in at Istana Negara.

Abdullah announced last Saturday that he would submit his resignation letter on April 2 after his Umno party confirmed Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as party president.

The prime minister said he will step down in favour of his deputy in a power transfer following the ruling Barisan Nasional’s disastrous results in Election 2008.

(Malaysiakini) Ministers and their deputies have today received invitations to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new prime minister in Istana Negara on Friday.

Contacted by Malaysiakini, a deputy minister, who declined to be named, confirmed receiving the invitation via the Short Messaging System (SMS) this morning.

The SMS reads: 'Istiadat pengurniaan surat cara perlantikan dan istiadat mengangkat sumpah jawatan dan setia serta sumpah simpan rahsia oleh YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib sebagai PM.'

Apart from listing out the dress code for the function, the SMS also stated that the time for the swearing-in ceremony was at 9am.

It is learnt that invitations were also sent to menteris besar and chief ministers, including from the Pakatan Rakyat-ruled states.

On Thursday, outgoing premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to meet the King regarding the transition of power issue.

However until yesterday, Abdullah had refused to state the date for handing over the reins and told the media not to pester him on the issue.

"Just wait. Don't ask me to say anything. All will happen when the time is right. The transition will take place," he said, sparking off another round of speculation that the plan could derail at the eleventh hour.

Incoming premier Najib Abdul Razak too has remained tightlipped on the matter.

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