Malaysia’s Najib rules out 2011 election

By Friday November 11th, 2011 No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says he will not call for a general election this year, ending months of speculation that parliament would be dissolved on Friday.

The official news agency Bernama quoted Mr Najib as saying this to reporters after chairing the Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Mr Najib said the election date was not discussed at the meeting.

Mr Najib, who is also the UMNO president, said the meeting only discussed measures to strengthen the national coalition so that it would emerge stronger to face the election.

The next elections are not due until 2013 but there has been mounting speculation that Mr Najib could call for snap polls this year or early 2012 while the country’s economic growth is still relatively strong.

Malaysia’s economic growth is officially expected to moderate this year from a 10-year high of 7.2 percent in 2010 amid difficult global conditions.

Government estimates are that economic growth will come in at between 5.0 to 5.5 percent in 2011.

Source : Channel News Asia

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