Malaysia's ruling party set to discuss PM's future

Updated September 25, 2008 20:04:15

There is fresh speculation over the future of the prime minister Abdullah Badawi. [Reuters]

There is fresh speculation over the future of the prime minister Abdullah Badawi. [Reuters]


Malaysia's ruling party, UMNO, is to hold high-level talks tomorrow in a hastily arranged meeting that has triggered fresh speculation on the future of the prime minister.

The deputy prime minister, Najib Razak, has confirmed the meeting, but declined to give details of what would be discussed.

Online news website Malaysia-kini, citing UMNO sources, says that tomorrow's emergency meeting will likely address a leadership transition.

And the Reuters news agency, citing an anonymous source, says a proposal will be discussed for Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to quit in June next year.

In March, Mr Abdullah steered the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional coalition to its worst electoral showing in half a century.

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