KUALA LUMPUR, March 28, 2009 (AFP) – 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.
Copyright 2009 AFP
Source : AFP