Mar 28, 2009

PM Badawi to meet Agong on April 2

PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will meet the Agong next Thursday to inform him of his intention to quit as prime minister and hand over the country’s top post to Najib Abdul Razak.

The outgoing PM made the announcement in his closing remarks in his speech as former Umno president to the party's general assembly this afternoon.

"I will have an audience with the king on April 2 to inform His Majesty that I will relinquish my responsibility as the prime minister," Abdullah told party delegates at the end of the annual meeting.

"If His Majesty grants the consent, a date will be fixed for the official (swearing-in) ceremony," he said.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's outgoing premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Saturday he will meet the king on April 2 to set a date for the transition of power to his deputy Najib Razak.

Najib was appointed leader of the ruling party UMNO on Thursday in a handover that had been planned for months. But Abdullah's refusal to set a date to stand down had raised speculation he may be reluctant to quit.

"I will have an audience with the king on April 2 to inform His Majesty that I will relinquish my responsibility as the prime minister," Abdullah told United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) members at the end of their annual meeting.

"If His Majesty grants the consent, a date will be fixed for the official (swearing-in) ceremony," he said.

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