Mar 26, 2009

UMNO Results : Muhyiddin wins deputy presidency

Official Umno results:
Deputy president: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin - 1,575 votes

Vice presidents: Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi - 1,552 votes, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein - 1,515 votes, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal - 1,445 votes.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin convincingly defeated Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib in the race to be deputy president of Umno.

Muhyiddin obtained 1,575 votes and Muhammad, 997.

The strongest critic of Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, Muhyiddin was the first senior leader to urge the outgoing premier to step down after the disastrous general election last year and his victory will be widely seen as the delegates’ appreciation to the Pagoh MP for making that move.

Muhyiddin was also said to be Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s preferred choice for the post and he had also received the endorsement of another strong critic of Abdullah, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Throughout the intense race, Muhyiddin was said to be trailing behind Datuk Seri Ali Rustam but the Umno disciplinary board’s decision to bar the Malacca chief Minister from contesting gave Muhyiddin the lead in the race.

His victory put paid to the theory that disappointed supporters of Ali would swing to Muhammad and propel him to the No 2 post.

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