Sunday, November 2, 2008

Najib wins Umno president uncontested

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today won the Umno president post uncontested by virtue of being the only candidate having the necessary nominations from the party divisions to qualify for the election.
MCPXHe picked up his 134th nomination from the 191 Umno divisions this afternoon, ensuring that rival candidate Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah will not be able to get the 58 required to qualify for the contest.Razaleigh has only got one nomination so far after two-thirds of the divisions have met to make their nominations for key posts in the March party elections.The former party vice-president's sole nomination came yesterday from his own Gua Musang (Kelantan) division.Najib's 134th nomination came at 5.15pm from the Umno Batu Kawan (Penang) division.As at 8pm, Najib has garnered another four nominations giving him a total of 138 nominations.
Ali needs 7 more, Isa makes it to VP contest
Meanwhile, Melaka mentri besar Mohd Ali Rustam is one step closer to winning the right to contest against frontrunner Muhyiddin Yassin for deputy president.
Mohd Ali has 32 nominations so far and he needs another seven more to qualify for the contest, while Muhyiddin has notched up 78 nominations.Muhammad Muhd Taib, another candidate for the No 2 post, has 28 nominations. Like Mohd Ali, he needs 39 nominations to qualify.As for the three vice-president posts, Isa Samad has today joined five others in qualifying for the election.Isa has 21 nominations in the bag - one more than the 20 nominations needed to qualify.The five who have made it earlier are Hishammuddin Hussein (109 nominations), Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (79), Khaled Nordin (60), Shafie Apdal (57), and Syed Hamid Albar (24).Yet to qualify are Jamaluddin Jarjis (17), Rais Yatim (16), Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik (10), Shahidan Kassim (6), Mohamad Hassan (3), Musa Aman (2), Mohd Ali Rustam (1), Annuar Musa (1), Mohd Afifuddin Omar (1) and Halimah Sadique (1).Mukhriz Mahathir continues to lead in the nomination race for Umno Youth chief with 71 nominations. He is followed by Dr Mohd Khir Toyo (56) and Khairy Jamaluddin (51).
Umno divisions have up to Nov 9 to complete their meetings but an extension could be given to those which ask for more time. Division meetings are mostly held over the weekends.

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