Abdullah - will he now stay or go?
Syed Jaymal Zahiid Oct 8, 08 12:22pm
Embattled Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has decided to defend his post after a three-hour meeting with his supporters that dragged into the wee hours of the morning.
In a posting on his blog (read here), Umno leader Ruhanie Ahmad said the meeting, which started at about 11pm, was held at the prime minister’s official residence in Putrajaya.
Ruhanie, the former Backbenchers Club (BBC) chairperson and three-term Parit Sulong parliamentarian, added that some 200 supporters had attended the meeting, including some of the staunch supporters of Umno vice-president Mohd Ali Rustam.
He said that Abdullah is expected to announce his decision to stay on at the BN special supreme council meeting scheduled for 3.30pm this afternoon. To continue: here (for subscribers only).
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will be meeting Barisan Nasional component leaders in the afternoon to brief them on the leadership transition plan.
The meeting is scheduled for 3.30pm at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). This was confirmed by BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (Malaysiakini).
Under the original plan, Abdullah, the Umno president, was to have handed over power to Deputy Prime Minister and Umno deputy president Najib Abdul Razak in June 2010.
However, it was decided later that the transition of power take place earlier than that date, and the Umno general assembly scheduled for December this year has been postponed to March next year to facilitate this.
Last week, Abdullah told reporters that he would be briefing BN component leaders on the new transition plan after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.
(Will Pak Lah do the right thing today? asks rocky. That’s a sixty-four millon ringgit question. Well, like you , we're waiting - with bated breath for the announcement to be made. And, put an end to this "Guessing Game" of "will he or won't he - defend his post". )
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