KUALA LUMPUR, April 1, 2009 (AFP) – Malaysia’s incoming premier Najib Razak said he expects to be sworn in Friday in a smooth transfer of power.
Najib, currently deputy prime minister and president of the dominant United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party, said he would meet Malaysia’s king early Thursday with outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Officials close to the prime minister have said Abdullah would tender his resignation during that meeting.
“Tomorrow (Thursday), the PM will invite me to accompany him to have an audience with the king and subject to the king’s consent, then Friday will be the (swearing-in) ceremony,” Najib told reporters.
“I have not had an audience with the king yet, so hopefully the king will graciously give his consent,” he added.
Najib was last Thursday officially declared president of UMNO, a role that effectively clears the way for him to be premier because of its dominance of the political scene.
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