Deputy prime minister Najib Razak has been officially declared president of Umno, a role that will make him the country’s next leader.
In a uncontested transition that has been planned for several months, Najib was appointed president of Umno which leads the Barisan Nasional coalition of race-based parties.
“For the post of Umno president, Najib Razak won uncontested,” Umno permanent chairman Onn Ismail said at the party’s annual meeting, where delegates are voting for a range of top positions.
No date has been set for the formal transition of power from Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, but Najib is expected to be sworn in by the king on April 3.
Meanwhile, voting for the positions of Umno deputy president, three vice-presidents and 25 supreme council positions is currently underway.
The voting process commenced some 30 minutes after the president’s speech which ended at about 11.45am. Â
The debates will not start until the 2,509 delegates – attending the party’s 59th annual assembly in Kuala Lumpur – finish casting their ballots.
The contest for number two will see a straight fight between current vice-president Muhyiddin Yassin and party information chief Muhammad Muhd Taib.
Source : Malaysiakini